Israeli mega boxship ZIM Rotterdam ordered to leave Egyptian waters without explanation
As of morning Aug 30 container ship ZIM Rotterdam maintains its’ speed of 8 knots and course in southern direction, moving out from Gulf of Suez. Vessel was drifting for some time off Egyptian port Sakhna, reportedly for fixing the consequences of the fire, which occurred on Aug 23 or 27. Egypt gave a rather crude explanation as to why the vessel was ordered to leave Egyptian waters. Explanation in fact, doesn’t explain anything:
Major General Hassan Fallah, head of the Red Sea Ports Authority, forbade the Israeli commercial ship Zim Rotterdam from entering any of the ports on the Red Sea and the Gulf of Suez.
Fallah denied that the vessel was allowed to enter Ain Sokhna Port as circulated by some news websites.
He informed the crew of Zim Rotterdam that they were not welcome to enter the Red Sea Ports in South Sinai or the Red Sea Governorate.