Ruud & John,
Had the same problem in December 1962. See my Gallery - "Clyde Guardian after performing 3 point turn."
I believe it cost BP a penny or two as the Canal was blocked for about 36-48 hours.
What a wonderful Eygption spelling of OOCL QINGDAO.... as in "Okal King Dor" .
Today's Tradwinds states:
OOCL Qingdao refloated
OOCL officials tell TradeWinds the 8,000-teu OOCL Qingdao (built 2004) is back on course after grounding and blocking all Suez Canal traffic today.
The mishap took place six miles south of Ismailiya.
"The ship was refloated and is on its way to Southampton port," said Frankie Lau, OOCL's California-based marketing director for North America, citing company sources for his information.
Lau does not know whether the vessel has cleared the canal yet.
He adds that the company believes that wire services are accurate in saying that the incident was caused by weather.
Press reports today have been identifying the ship as the 93,000-tonne, Hong Kong-flag Okal King Dor, described as a cargo ship. No vessel with a name very closely resembling Okal King Dor is found in standard reference databases including Clarkson’s Shipping Intelligence Network, Equasis and the most recent Hong Kong Marine Department list of registered vessels.
Local officials speaking anonymously to news bureau AP had said the northbound vessel drifted at the wrong angle during a sandstorm earlier today and blocked all traffic going both ways.
On the Crown or Realm not too sure which we were north bound and developed steering gear problems as the ship sheared from bank to bank the entry written up was hit bank Asian side ,and hit the bank African side this happened about six times,so they made us moor up and let the rest of the convoy by ,we then followed up last to the lakes,also remember seeing in the London Gazette many years ago a Greek with a section of the railway bridge north of the lakes on her deck after hitting it
On the P&O ships I sailed on we always had an engineer based in the steering gear while in transit and an electrician on the searchlight which was normally stored behind the companies badge on the stem for which he had a bottle of rum and a duffle coat issued.