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28-Mar-2021

NIGHT LOCKDOWN IN FORCE
Sohar, Oman

GROUNDED SHIP’S RUDDER & PROPELLERS FREED AS REFLOATING EFFORTS CONTINUE
Suez Canal, Egypt

Night lockdown in force
Sunday, March 28, 2021, Sohar, Oman

In view of the increase in the number of people infected with COVID 19 and to limit its spread, the Government of Oman has decided to close all governorates from today (28 March) until 8 April.

All movements of gatherings and movements of individuals and vehicles is restricted from 2000 to 0500 hours local time with intensified police patrols.

Sohar port and terminals is operating as normal, but no port entry/exit is permitted during the lockdown from 2000 to 0500 hours. Due to the restrictions, delays are anticipated for vessels’ berthing & sailing during the night shift.

For information about operations in Sohar, contact GAC Oman at shipping.sohar@gac.com

Grounded ship’s rudder & propellers freed as refloating efforts continue
Sunday, March 28, 2021, Suez Canal, Egypt

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has advised that yesterday’s attempt to refloat the grounded container vessel blocking the waterway did not succeed. However, the ship’s rudder and propellers were this morning (28 March) reported to be free, although the front of the vessel was still submerged under the Canal bank with slight movement to the side but not to aft.

The dredger ‘Mashhour’ is working until the next high tide, expected at about 1600 hours local time today. All tugs are on standby and connected for any further development or sand avalanche due to dredging work to free the ship.

In a press conference yesterday afternoon (27 March), the SCA said it is working around the clock to clear the Canal and make it available for navigation. Dredgers had removed about 17,000m³ of sand and rocks around the vessel (about 87% of the task) and tugs were working subject to the tide. No indication was given of when the refloating operation was expected to be completed. An investigation into the accident will be conducted after the ship has been refloated.

Once the Canal is clear, the Canal will work 24 hours a day to arrange quick transit for all waiting ships. An estimated 30 which entered the Canal with the grounded vessel on 23 March, plus 13 which entered on 24 March, are waiting at Great Bitter Lakes. An estimated 137 ships are awaiting southbound transit at Port Said Outer Anchorage, and another estimated 157 ships awaiting northbound transit at Suez Port Outer Anchorage.

GAC is not associated with the grounded vessel. We are sharing Suez Canal Authority information through our daily Hot Port News bulletin as it becomes available. We are not in a position to elaborate or comment further. For further details, we suggest you approach the Suez Canal Authority or the vessel owner directly.

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