Emma Maersk ship faces leakage in Suez Canal

Emma Maersk ship faces leakage in Suez Canal

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Sat, 02/02/2013 - 08:56

Emma Maersk, one of the biggest container ships in the world from Denmark, has experienced a leakage on Friday night at the entrance of the Suez Canal, which may lead to its sinking. 

The ship's captain sent a rescue signal and alerted to the leakage inside one of its equipment rooms. 

The ship was dragged away from the Suez Canal, toward the port east of Port Said. In Port Said, a team from the Suez Canal Authority will attempt to fix the leakage. 

Mohab Mamish, the head of the Suez Canal Authority told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the ship's leakage happened after it hit a propeller. He added that the Suez Canal response by sending a locomotive was immediate. 

The ship is 397 meters long, 75 meters wide and carries about 10 thousand containers. 

Mamish added that the incident won't affect the passage of other ships in the canal, which has rescue teams ready to solve problems in record time. 

The Suez Canal revenues are among the main sources of income for the Egyptian state.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm.