September 3, 2013
By Yasumori Jinno, CargoSmart Global Vessel Voyage Monitoring Center
Canal Authority reported that on August 31, 2013, a terrorist attempted to attack a container ship, COSCO ASIA, when it
was passing through the Suez Canal. The attempt failed, the vessel was safe,
and no containers were damaged.
transited the canal from the south to the north and entered the Mediterranean Sea.
It is on its way to its next port of call in Hamburg, Germany. By analyzing its
vessel track and schedules, it looks like the attempted attack did not impact
its schedule. Its estimated time of arrival in Hamburg is on September 8, 2013.
increases the concern of whether Suez Canal traffic can keep flowing normally.
Despite the political instability in Egypt, the Suez Canal, which is the main
traffic gateway between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, appears to be operating
normally. In the September issue of CargoSmart’s Innovating, we reviewed the performance of the Suez Canal and Port
Said over the last three months to determine if the operations have been
affected by the instability in the political system. Subscribe
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