Not only ships with computers or oil on board cannot cross the connection between Asia and Europe at the moment. Live shipments are also stuck.
Traffic in the Suez Canal has been at a standstill since Tuesday due to a shipwreck.
Hundreds of ships cannot pass the canal.
Now one worries about live transports.
Every day goods worth 10 billion dollars pass the Suez Canal, now nothing works anymore. Petrol, cars, computers – a number of freight transports are blocked. The reason: a huge, 400-meter-long container ship has been blocking the waterway between Asia and Europe since Tuesday.
A new attempt is to be made on Saturday to get the stuck container ship free again. The shipping company is hoping for the tide. Ten tugs are in use. Sand will be dug up on the bank and at the bottom of the canal near the ship’s bow, shipping director Yukito Higaki said Friday evening.
Because time is running: As the Guardian writes, among the blocked ships are at least 20 that transport live animals. While some of these freighters are still waiting to enter the canal at all, according to a spokesman for Marine Traffic, “three such ships are stuck at various points in the canal”.
Five ships are said to have loaded live cargo in Spain and another nine in Romania. This emerges from information from the NGO Animals International. Two ships with live animals on board left Spain on March 15th and 16th respectively.
There is currently no immediate danger to the animals. However, should the Ever Given disaster last longer, additional feed deliveries would have to be considered. The nearby ports of Suez and Said would come into play.
The Suez Canal, opened in 1869, primarily serves to facilitate trade connections between Asia and Europe. The distance from Singapore to Rotterdam is reduced by 6,000 kilometers through the canal compared to the trip around the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Last year, Egypt achieved proceeds of the equivalent of 4.2 billion euros from the passage rights through the Suez Canal. (AFP)