Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said on 1 September that tugboats had managed to refloat the ‘Affinity V’ oil tanker after it had temporarily run aground following a technical fault with its rudder, late on 31 August, blocking a southern section of the giant waterway.

The incident brought back memories of March 2021 when the ‘Ever Given’ containership blocked the canal for a week, causing chaos (MEES, 26 March 2021). (CONTINUED - 86 WORDS)