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Drifting Cargo Ship Blocks Suez Canal

From Times Wire Reports

A 93,000-ton cargo ship drifted at the wrong angle inside the Suez Canal during a sandstorm and blocked transit between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

The Hong Kong-flagged Okal King Dor was traveling north when it veered at right angles to the canal. An official said high winds were a factor. Four tugboats were sent to realign the ship.

About 8% of world sea trade passes through the Suez Canal.


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