113 container ships transit Suez Canal after Ever Given re-floated

Grant Boone
March 31, 2021

The blockage threw global supply chains into disarray, threatening costly delays for firms already wrestling with COVID-19 restrictions, and almost doubled rates for oil product tankers.

Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority Osama Rabie stated in a phone-in late on Tuesday that 113 ships - out of more than 321 ships that were waiting - had crossed the global waterway after the refloating of MV EVER GIVEN on March 29.

Ships are moving again in the Suez Canal, the crucial maritime trade route that was blocked for nearly a week.

"We'll work day and night and God willing we'll get it done in the shortest time possible", Rabie said.

Mr. Ricafort said that transport and shipping costs for some Philippine exports and imports will increase due to the delay to ships undertaking longer-than-expected voyages. It could take up to three days to clear the backlog, according to the Suez Canal Authority.

Shipping group Maersk has also said disruptions to global shipping could last for months. "It showed and reaffirmed the reality and importance" of the canal, Sisi said as he greeted staff on a visit to the Suez Canal Authority in Ismailia.

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Navigation through the canal was officially resumed on Monday.

He urged the government to buy more dredges and tug boats to improve the capabilities of the SCA in light of the flow of massive containers into the canal.

However, SCA head Osama Rabie believes the wind was not the main reason for the incident, and that "technical or human errors" may have been to blame.

The dives were part of a continuing investigation into what caused the grounding of the Ever Given, now anchored in the Great Bitter Lake, a wide stretch of water halfway between the north and south ends of the canal.

The Japanese owner of the Ever Given said it had not received any claims or lawsuits over the blockage.

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