Israeli ship sailing to Port Sudan hits reef, journey halted

The Fluer de Passion, the Israeli ship which left for Sudan on Tuesday, went aground a day after it had set sail.

AlTaghyeer: Agencies

According to The Times of Israel, the ship’s crew and the researchers onboard were evacuated by the Egyptian navy and transported to Sharm el-Sheikh.

It is still unknown why the boat was ran aground, the level of damage, whether repairs could be done quick enough to resume the journey, and whether another ship could be found.

The Israeli news agency reported that the Israeli scientific-leader of the expedition, Prof. Moaz Fine, had told them that the ship had “went aground in the early morning” and that they “were rescued by the Egyptian navy”

Fine described this most recent development as “very frustrating”.

A few days ago, Agence France-Presse reported that an Israeli ship had set sail to Port Sudan on Tuesday, arriving from the city of Eilat, in hopes of launching a joint project with Sudanese researchers aimed at preserving the Red Sea’s unique coral reefs.

The collaboration will aim to “create a first-ever comprehensive study of the entire Red Sea, possibly yielding precious information on the long-term viability of reefs,” as per the AFP report.

The project, which formally launched last month with a brief excursion in the Gulf of Aqaba in Jordan, will stretch over a three -year period with hopes of involving further Red Sea countries.

Back in October of last year, Sudan had officially announced it was normalizing ties with Israel , joining 3 other countries that had signed similar agreements with Israel last year.

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