Wednesday, February 08, 2006

What is blocking your progress?

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A 93,000-ton cargo ship blocked the Suez Canal on Wednesday, stopping all transit of the waterway between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, a Suez Canal Authority official said.

Four tugs have been sent to re-align the Hong Kong-flagged Okal King Dor, which drifted at right angles to the canal about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of the midway city of Ismailiya, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The ship was traveling north during a sandstorm when the incident happened at about 11 a.m. local time, the official said. It was not immediately clear what caused the ship to turn sideways in the canal, but the official said the high wind was a factor.

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