CAIRO, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chairman of Egypt's Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Osama Rabie said on Monday that the SCA will offer services to mitigate the impact of the ongoing tension in the Red Sea on ships passing through the region.
The SCA's companies and shipyards "are ready to cooperate with its agents by offering all necessary navigation, repair and maintenance services that transiting ships may need when encountering breakdowns or emergency situations," he said.
Rabie explained that repair work covers the ship's hull and damaged parts.
He added that the Suez Shipyard Company, which is affiliated to SCA, received Zografia, a 55,000-ton dry bulk carrier, for maintenance and repair.
The Greek-owned cargo ship Zografia was struck by a Houthi missile during its voyage through the Red Sea on Jan. 16.
Rabie said the SCA will spare no effort to provide all services that maintain the regularity of navigation in the canal and the sustainability of global supply chains.
"It will remain in continuous and effective communication with all of its clients to minimize the impact of the current conditions in the Red Sea," he added.
The Houthi group launched attacks on Red Sea ships in November last year that it said was a response to the Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip. The Red Sea tension escalated after American and British warplanes struck Houthi sites in Yemen earlier this month. ■