Tugs, dredgers still struggle to free ship blocking Suez Canal

Container ship blocking Suez Canal will impact Canadians too

Container ship blocking Suez Canal will impact Canadians too

Lloyd's List, a British shipping news journal, also noted that the Suez Canal is responsible for 10% of all worldwide trade with around 1.9 million barrels of oil transported through it every day. From a distance, a flotilla of tugboats and other salvage equipment appeared minuscule compared to the vessel, mirroring the scale of mishap and efforts needed to reopen the canal.

The move was expected to be successful with the full moon and high tides expected tonight, but "unfortunately, the level of the waves did not always help" the company wrote on its Twitter account.

A ballast tank at the bow of the ship has also been damaged, and the vessel will have to be inspected once it is freed, two people familiar with the salvage operation said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief journalists.

Rabie said on Saturday that "strong winds and weather factors were not the main reasons for the ship's grounding, there may have been technical or human errors".

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered preparations for the possible removal of some of the ship's 18,300 containers, SCA Chairman Osama Rabie told Egypt's Extra News. He said officials have been in discussions with the US about removing some of the cargo.

A giant container ship grounded in the Suez Canal could be freed by the start of next week if heavier tugboats, dredging and a high tide succeed in dislodging it, a Dutch firm working to free the vessel said.

This satellite imagery released by Maxar Technologies shows tug boats and dredgers attempting to free the MV Ever Given on March 26, 2021, in the Suez Canal.

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The push to free the container ship stuck in the Suez Canal continued into a fifth day Saturday as more than 300 ships on either side wait to pass through the blockage.

The 193-km long canal connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe.

The world's biggest shipping company, Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk, warned its customers that it would take anywhere from three to six days to clear the backlog of vessels at the canal.

Egypt inaugurated the New Suez Canal, which cost $8 billion, in August 2015 as part of plans to revive the country's economy and restore Egypt's position as an important center for trade. The closure also could affect oil and gas shipments to Europe from the Middle East.

In a sign of the knock-on effects, Syrian regime authorities said on Saturday they had been forced to ration already scarce fuel supplies, as the Suez suspension "has impacted oil imports to Syria and slowed arrival of a ship carrying fuel and oil products".

The authorities say 321 ships are waiting for passage in and around the canal. At least 10 of those vessels carried livestock, raising concerns about the animals. Already, the firm and its partners have 22 ships waiting there.

"MSC expects this incident to have a very significant impact on the movement of containerised goods, disrupting supply chains beyond the existing challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic", it said.

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