The bulk carrier Eibhlin ran aground in Suez Canal near the 143-km mark. The vessel was proceeding from Narvik to Suez, but after engine failure hit the sandbank in the canal and hardly stuck. The ship was unable to refloat by own power, but the local authorities dispatched three tugs, which assist with towing to safe depth. the ship was refloated after just several hours and towed to Suez South Anchorage, where will be inspected. The further survey of divers estimated that bulk carrier Eibhlin suffered underwater damages and hull was breached. One of the ballast compartments was flooded, but ship remained afloat with enough free depth.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of grounding, but according to preliminary information the ship got black out and lost propulsion power. During the accident there were no injured people and no water pollution. The vessel will be docked in Port of Suez, where will be repaired and additionally inspected.
The bulk carrier Eibhlin (IMO: 9479204) has overall length of 292.00 m, moulded beam of 45.00 m and maximum draft of 16.90 m. The deadweight of the ship is 182,307 DWT and the gross tonnage is 93,029 GRT. The vessel was built in 2011 by Jmu Tsu Shipyard in Japan. The owner and operator bulk carrier Eibhlin is Japanese shipping company Nissen Kaiun.