Friday, 22 October, 2021


At least 16 Greek-owned vessels waiting at Suez canal

Beleaguered Syria suffers also due to Suez Canal closure Container ship blocking Suez Canal will impact Canadians too
Melba Vasquez | 29 March, 2021, 04:54

The result has been a traffic jam of more than 320 ships. The canal is a heavily relied-upon route; an average of 50 ships passed through the canal per day in 2019 according to government statistics.

Officials said 9,000 tons of water - stored in tanks to stabilise the ship - had been taken off to help lighten the vessel, which is as long as four full-sized football pitches.

He spoke in an interview with Nieuwsuur TV in the Netherlands.

They were due to restart early afternoon on Saturday to try to take advantage of the high tide, three sources with knowledge of canal operations said, though they added it could be necessary to remove more sand from around the ship to free it.

The spring tide that experts are pinning their hopes on is expected to start on Sunday night.

Removing some or all of the cargo could add days to the effort to clear the Japanese-owned ship from the canal. Taking a fresh look at the jumbo-sized problems that these ships bring in risk terms would be in order.

Yukito Higaki, president of Shoei Kisen, said on Friday that the ship did not appear to be damaged.

Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, the salvage firm hired to extract the Ever Given, said the company hoped to pull the container ship free within days using a combination of heavy tugboats, dredging and high tides.

Some progress was made on Saturday after more than a dozen tugboats managed to move the ship slightly.

There are now three plans in place to refloat the ship: the first being towing the ship from both sides and the second is digging out sand and mud from beneath the bow using dredgers.

Smit Salvage, which has worked on some of the most famous wrecks of recent years, confirmed that "two additional tugs" would arrive by Sunday to assist.

Crews were seen working through the night, using a large dredging machine under floodlights. It's been stuck there so long that other ships are starting to turn south around the horn of Africa.

Some companies have even been forced to consider re-routing vessels around the southern tip of Africa.

Asked when they expect to free the vessel and reopen the canal, he said: "I can't say because I do not know".

According to Lloyd's List, up to 90 percent of the affected cargo is not insured against delays.

"Rough calculations suggest westbound traffic is worth around $5.1 billion daily while eastbound traffic is worth $4.5 billion".

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly today thanked foreign partners for offers to help refloat the ship. "We are consulting with our Egyptian partners about how we can best support their efforts", a U.S. official said. The Mediterranean Sea and the narrowest sea route between Asia and Europe. Its temporary closure might affect 10-15% of world container throughput, Moody's Investors Service has estimated. The situation could also worsen the global shortage of containers amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In February 2019, EVER GIVEN collided with a small ferry in Germany's Blankenese and badly damaged it, causing global shipping to stop in the Port of Hamburg.

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