Suez Canal repairing Greek ship Zografia attacked in Red Sea

Egypt’s Suez Canal has deployed an emergency team to provide maintenance and repairs services for dry bulk vessel Zografia, which was targeted in an attack by Houthis in the Red Sea last week, according to a statement by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA).

The Suez Shipyard Co., one of the SCA affiliated companies, has received the dry bulk carrier Zografia, which berthed at the western side of the floating dock of a capacity of 55 thousand tons aided by SCA tugboats, in preparation for completing the necessary maintenance and repair works after the vessel’s hull and other parts of it have sustained external and internal damage as a result of an attack on it during its journey through the Red Sea on January 16th of this year.

The Maltese-flagged bulk carrier Zografia (built in 2010) of 56,894 dwt was sailing from Vietnam to Israel.

As it is reported by the Greek television station Skai, the ship had sailed unladen from Vietnam to Israel.

The Suez Canal authority clarified that immediately upon the owners of Zografia contacted them about the incident, the SCA’s mobile team was directed to conduct a technical inspection and assess the damages sustained by the vessel upon its arrival at the Suez anchorage area.

Prior to that, communication had been established with the Greek vessel-owning company during its navigation through the Red Sea to determine the status of the vessel, and the safety of its crew.

SCA chairman Ossama Rabiee has stressed that the SCA is ready to provide all the navigational and maritime services that guarantee the normal flow of navigation through the canal, and maintain the sustainability of global supply chains.

A video of the Houthi strike on the Greek ship in the Red Sea was released by private Greek media Skai tv and on Friday evening.

For the second time in the span of just a few days, rare and dramatic images from a bridge camera shows the moment a missile hits the bulk carrier, Zografia, which sustained minor damage. There were no injuries among the crew.