Suez Canal Authority repairs missile-hit Zografia

The Suez Canal Authority has undertaken repair work on bulk carrier Zografia (IMO 9486013) a Greek dry-bulk carrier hit by a Houthi missile. The action has geopolitical implications, distancing Egypt from the Iran-aligned Houthis.

The Zografia had berthed at a floating dock of the Suez Shipyard Company – which is affiliated to the SCA – for repairs after the ship was damaged by an attack on January 16th by Yemeni Houthi forces. While the damage was not considered significant, internal and external parts required replacement or repair.

The Zografia had been sailing from Vietnam to Israel ,with 24 crew on board. It was in ballast at the time.

The SCA said that it would “spare no effort to provide all navigational and maritime services that ensure maintaining the normal flow of traffic through the canal and maintain the sustainability of global supply chains”.

The vessel was still anchored at the entrance to the Suez Canal from the Red Sea side on Monday, perhaps indicating that the repairs had not yet been completed.

The Suez Canal has reported that revenues had fallen by 40% and ship traffic by 30% year-on-year for the period between January 1st to January 11th, the first day that the US and UK launched attacks on the Houthi-geld parts of Yemen.

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.

A video of the arrival of Zografia is at:

(Possibly best watched on mute if you don’t want to have the accompanying sound of rather over-excited music).