Aframax tanker damaged during Suez Canal transit

Crude oil tanker SIGNAL CHEETAH contacted Suez Canal bank at 101 kilometer mark while transiting Canal on Oct 26 in southern direction, reported Lloyd’s List. Hull was damaged, but understood, without water ingress or leak, and resumed transit escorted by tugs, completing transit in the afternoon same day. Rudder failure said to be the cause of an accident. Tanker is en route from Istanbul to Singapore.
Crude oil tanker, SIGNAL CHEETAH, IMO 9436006, dwt 112984, built 2009, flag Malta, manager SIGNAL PROJECTS LTD.

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