Convoy shunt in Suez Canal after grounding

Container ship Aeneas (IMO 9426790) ran aground in the Suez Canal during the evening of July 15th while transiting the canal in a southbound convoy. Although Aeneas was soon refloated and towed to the southern Suez anchorage before resuming her voyage, but as a result of the grounding bulk carriers Panamax Alexander (IMO 9233402), Sakizaya Kalon (IMO 9749908) and Osios David (IMO 9593361) ran into each other. Panamax Alexander then had a separate collision with the northbound container ship NYK Orpheus (IMO 9313008) while being pulled to the Great Bitter Lake.

The convoy was heading southbound through the canal and Aeneas was the 20th ship out of 27 in the convoy. The three ships immediately behind managed to avoid striking the Aeneas, but not each other. The accident led to the southern part of the channel being closed for several hours. Osios David was subsequently able to sail to Suez while Panamax Alexander and Sakizaya Kalon were towed to the Great Bitter Lake, where they were anchored.

2001-built, Cyprus-flagged, 38,928 gt Panamax Alexander is owned by Pacific Pearl Co Ltd care of manager Cyprus sea Lines Co Ltd-Lib of Athens, Greece. It is entered with Britannia on behalf of Pacific Pearl Co Ltd.

2010-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 54,182 gt Aeneas is owned by Glorious Moment Ltd care of manager Hyundai merchant Marine (HMM) of Seoul, South Korea. ISM manager is Anglo-Eastern Ship management of Hong Kong. It is entered with Gard on behalf of Glorious Moment Ltd. Claims leader for loss of hire and hull & machinery is Gard AS, on behalf of Synergy Marine Ltd.

2008-built, Panama-flagged, 99,543 gt NYK Orpheus is owned by NYK Orpheus Corp care of NYK Line of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with UK P&I Club (London J1 Area Group) on behalf of NYK Orpheus Corp.

2012-built, Marshall Islands-flagged, 31,538 gt Osios David is owned by Osios David Shipping Inc care of manager AM Nomikos Transworld Maritime Agencies SA of Athens, Greece. It is entered for hull & machinery with SIAT-Soc Italiana Insurance & Reinsurance SpA on behalf of AM Nomikos Transworld Maritime, with Gard having a subscription position. It is entered for P&I with Standard Club (Mediterranean & Middle East Division) on behalf of Osios David Shipping Inc.

2017-built, Panama-flagged, 44,425 gt Sakizaya Kalon is owned by Sakizaya Kalon SA care of manager Wisdom Marine Line SA of Taipei City, Taiwan. It is entered with Swedish Club (Asia team) on behalf of Sakizaya Kalon SA.