Tuesday, 21 September, 2021


Suez Canal could remain blocked for weeks by beached whale ship

The Suez Canal built in 1869 is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea The Suez Canal built in 1869 is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea
Melba Vasquez | 26 March, 2021, 02:52

Evergreen's founder, Chang Yung-fa, opposed operating ships able to hold any more than 8,000 containers, according to The Telegraph.

The Suez Canal Authority says about 50 ships a day pass through the 193-kilometer manmade waterway, including oil tankers.

"The stuck vessel in the Suez Canal created the visual definition of a supply route bottleneck, effectively disrupting one of the world's busiest routes for all commodities". An Egyptian official warned Wednesday it could take at least two days to clear the ship. "You have shortages of vessel capacity, shortages of empty containers", he said. Maersk said in a customer advisory it had seven vessels affected.

Konrad said it could be as bad as an incident in 2016 in which the CSCL Indian Ocean, another mega container ship as large as the Ever Given, ran aground in the River Elbe on approach to Hamburg, Germany.

Traffic has been suspended for a second day while authorities work to free one of the world's largest freight ships which has run aground on a bank of the Suez Canal.

The ship, which was bound for the Netherlands, became trapped along the 120-mile-long canal from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean on Tuesday following a dust storm that brought heavy winds and poor visibility.

Data from IHI Jet Service showed the situation along the Suez Canal just after Ever Given became lodged at 11:00 a.m. on March 23, left, and the backed up traffic by 4:00 a.m. on March 25, right.

"I don't want to speculate, but it can take days or weeks".

Peter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch company Boskalis, which is trying to free the ship, said it was too early to say how long the job might take.

"We sincerely apologise for causing a great deal of worry to ships in the Suez Canal and those planning to go through the canal", it said in a statement. "We might have to work with a combination of reducing the weight by removing containers, oil and water from the ship, tug boats and dredging of sand". The incident occurred at around 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Bernhard Shulte Management said. If you've been following the Ever Given's plight and the determined efforts of those working to free it, you now know about things like "suction dredgers", which might be useful for a laugh.

"Initial investigations rule out any mechanical or engine failure as a cause of the grounding", the company said.

Wood Mackenzie vice president Ann-Louise Hittle noted that oil prices rose by about $2 per barrel on the news of the blockage but added that stocks of both crude and products are high in the Atlantic basin.

Almost 19,000 ships, or an average of 51.5 ships per day, with a net tonnage of 1.17 billion tonnes passed through the canal during 2020, according to the Suez Canal Authority. "The effect is not only going to be the simple, immediate one with cargo being delayed over the next few weeks, but will actually have repercussions several months down the line for the supply chain".

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