Ship blocking Suez Canal finally FREED

Grant Boone
March 29, 2021

The successful re-floating came as a surprise to many, as on Sunday night the Suez Canal Authority had announced preparations to remove some of the 20,000 containers on the ship to lighten the load.

The blockage has stopped traffic coming from both directions and forced companies to consider taking a more expensive route that diverts vessels past South Africa's Cape of Good Hope.

"My greatest fear is that animals run out of food and water and they get stuck on the ships because they can not be unloaded somewhere else for paperwork reasons", Gerit Weidinger, EU coordinator for NGO Animals International, The Guardian.

Breaking News Ever Given ship stuck in Suez Canal has been freed.

Up to 1.74 million barrels of oil a day is normally shipped through the canal, but 80 per cent of Gulf exports to Europe pass through the pipeline that crosses Egypt, according to Paola Rodriguez Masiu of Rystad Energy.

The SCA has said it can accelerate convoys through the canal once the Ever Given is freed.

"Even when the canal gets reopened, the ripple effects on global capacity and equipment are significant", the world's largest container shipping company Maersk said in a customer advisory on Monday.

Egypt orders lightening stranded ship's cargo in Suez Canal

About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal, which is an important source of foreign currency revenue for Egypt.

"The stern. moved to 102 metres from the shore", compared to its position four metres from the shore previously.

Further tugging effort to move the ship is to resume today after 11:30 AM in Egypt (3 PM in India), when the next high tide is expected to cause the water level to rise.

Overnight, several dredgers had toiled to vacuum up 27,000 cubic meters of sand and mud around the ship. Another powerful tugboat, the Italian-flagged Carlo Magno, arrived at the scene to join the work Monday, and the flotilla would now focus its efforts on the front of the ship, said Berdowski.

More than 320 ships are stalled at either end, Rabie said. It wasn't decided whether the Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned ship, hauling goods from Asia to Europe, would continue to its original destination of Rotterdam or if it will need to enter another port for repairs, the Shoei official said. Over 19,000 ships passed through past year, according to canal authorities.

The giant ship clogging the Suez Canal for almost a week was dislodged from the banks of the key trade route early on Monday morning and is now afloat, a global shipping company reported.

Meanwhile, hope rose on Sunday as the MarineTraffic and VesselFinder applications said two tugboats were on their way to the vital waterway to help the salvage operation, while experts pinned hope on a high tide to dislodge the vessel.

Giant container ship Ever Given stuck in Suez Canal 'partially re-floated'
But despite progress the previous night in freeing the rudder and propeller, the vessel remains wedged across the canal. Dredgers have been working on the port side of the ship in an attempt to remove sand and mud and dislodge the vessel.

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