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Cosco Container Ship Attacked in Suez Canal
Date:2012-7-24 Degree:1971

Sep.3--A "terrorist" attempted to attack the 10-062 20-foot-equivalent-unit container ship Cosco Asia
while it passed through the Suez Canal on Aug. 31, according to the Suez Canal Authority.

The attack was unsuccessful, the agency said, "with no damage, whatsoever, either to the ship or its
cargo of containers."There were reports of two explosions, according to the BBC, but no further
details. It is also unknown whether the attack was related to ongoing unrest in the Middle East.

The Suez Canal Authority said Egyptian armed forces dealt with the assault, and the vessel resumed its
trip. Egypt's General Command has called for intensifying security measures along the waterway as
well as its approaches and inlets.

Traffic was back to normal on Sept. 1, the authority said, with 51 vessels transiting the canal in
both directions.

The Panamanian-flag Cosco Asia was built in 2007 and is deployed in the Asia/North Europe Weekly
Express Service 1(NE7) service.


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