Egypt patches up the Zografia

Egyptian authorities have reported the completion of repairs to bulk carrier Zografia (IMO 9486013). The vessel was struck by a Houthi missile on January 16th and headed to Egypt to be patched up by the Suez Shipyard Company (SSC).

The hit on the Zografia appeared to come from above, striking the ship near the No 2 cargo hold and leaving an exit wound – below the waterline – in the vessel’s boot topping. The Zografia was fortunately in ballast at the time.

SSC said that it replaced hull plating and some internal steel structure in the cargo hold. It also carried out repairs to piping, including the hydraulic control pipes.

The vessel arrived at the shipyard on January 22nd, displaying a large hole. It departed on January 27th . ClassNK inspected the ship and the repairs, approving all the maintenance work carried out by the shipyard. SSC said that it had worked around the clock to complete the repairs.

Lieutenant General Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said that the SCA was ready to “reduce the impact of the current conditions in the Red Sea and Bab al-Mandab, by providing all necessary navigational services and repair and maintenance services that transiting ships may need in the event of breakdowns or emergency situations.” The repair fees will be useful in making up some of the loss suffered from a precipitate decline in traffic through the Suez Canal as a result of the Red Sea crisis.

The Zografia is now heading back to Greece, from where it is operated and managed, and presumably owned. The Houthi attack asserted that the vessel was linked to Israel, for which there was some objective evidential support.

The vessel is scheduled to arrive in Piraeus on Wednesday January 31st.

2010-built, Malta-flagged, 33,036 gt Zografia is owned by Bonneure Shipping Corp care of manager Vulcanus Technical Maritime Enterprise SA of Piraeus, Greece. It is entered with Skuld (Skuld Piraeus) on behalf of Bonneure Shipping Corp.