Video: Suez Canal Responds to Distress Call from Listing Vessel

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The small cargo ship developed a list and called for assistance while waiting to enter the Suez Canal (SCA photos)

Published Apr 23, 2024 11:24 AM by The Maritime Executive


[Brief] The Suez Canal Authority is reporting that it responded to a distress call from a small cargo ship that was waiting off the northern terminus of the canal. The vessel lost stability this morning, April 23, and was listing causing a concern that it would capsize.

The vessel named Labatros (3,000 tons) is reported to be owned by a company in Lebanon and was due to transit the canal to the southern Egyptian port of Adabiya. It is being managed by Egypt’s Assiut Agency with databases showing it as an inland cargo vessel.

The ship which is registered in Tanzania and 308 feet (94 meters) was seen with an increasing list to starboard. Two Suez Canal tugs and another vessel were sent to its aid and to ensure the safety of the 12 crewmembers aboard. 




The pictures show the vessel with a list in the northern anchorage near Port Said. The Suez Canal Authority reports the situation began before the vessel joined the northern convoy to begin the transit.

The Labatros remains at anchor near Port Said with the Suez Canal Authority reporting a technical assessment is underway to determine the cause of the list and ensure the safety of the crew. They are also monitoring for possible pollution from the vessel.