Sunken tugboat in Suez Canal is recovered

The operation to recover sunken tugboat Fahd (IMO 7430474) after its collision with LPG tanker Chinagas Legend (IMO 9847944) has been concluded, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced on Tuesday August 8th.

The Fahdsank on Saturday August 5th, with one of its crew dying as a result. The dead crew member, Sayed Moussa, was a mechanic from Port Said, his family said.

The Chinagas Legend remains in Port Said at the northern end of the canal until the completion of procedures related to the accident.

Six other crew members were rescued and taken to hospital.

Traffic was largely unaffected, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said. Convoys of ships passing through the canal from the north were not affected at all, while the passage of ships travelling from the south returned to normal by about midnight on Saturday.

The wreck had been resting in a 24-metre-deep section of the canal. Wires were attached to the wreck and the vessel was eventually lifted out by a specialized crane, which has a lifting capacity of 500 tons. The salvage work did not impede navigation in the canal.

1976-built, Egypt-flagged, 249 gt Fahd is owned and managed by the Suez Canal Authority.

2020-built, Hong Kong-flagged, 48,894 gt Chinagas Legend is owned by China Gas Fortune Legend Ltd care of manager China Gas Fortune Marine Trans of Hong Kong, China. ISM manager is Wah Kwong Ship management HK of Hong Kong, China. As of August 9th the vessel remained at anchor off Port Said.