A "terrorist" attempted to attack the 10,062-TEU 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.