The Suez Canal is reportedly blocked for the second time this year after a container ship ran aground at the 54km mark in the maritime channel.
Four ships travelling from Port Said in the direction of Suez had been held up as a result according to reports citing the Suez Canal Authority (SCA).
This comes merely months after a similar incident involving the Ever Given container ship where the vessel, which measured nearly 400 metres, became wedged in the canal for days after the wind blew it off course in March.
The incident caused a six-day rescue operation that had ended in 48 ships having to find alternative routes while hundreds of ships were delayed, as per Daily Mail.
However, in this recent incident, the Suez Canal Authority is said to have acted swiftly by deploying teams to attempt to refloat the vessel in order to avoid another massive disruption.
A source told The National that there had been a “minor” issue and it had since been resolved while Sky News Arabia reported shortly after that the vessel had been refloated successfully and the channel was again clear.