As of: 03/29/2021 7:07 a.m.
The container ship “Ever Given”, which ran aground in the Suez Canal, is free again. After days of work, the freighter is partly floating again. The recovery is still going on. More than 300 ships are now hoping for the passage through the canal soon.
The container ship “Ever Given”, which was wrecked in the Suez Canal, is floating again. The stern of the freighter has meanwhile moved 102 meters from the shore, said the head of the Egyptian canal authority SCA, Osama Rabie. Previously, the stern was only four meters from the bank.
The “Ever Given” was turned “80 percent in the right direction,” explained Rabie. It is still unclear when the container ship, which weighs over 220,000 tons, will now be fully exposed.
The shipping company “Inchcape Shipping Services” had previously announced on Twitter that the Evergreen freighter had been exposed and secured.
High tide at full moon helpful
The rescue and rescue teams on the Suez Canal tried to free the ship that ran aground on Tuesday of last week with tugs and excavators. The high tide during the full moon last night probably also helped.
Ten tugs were involved, and sand was vacuumed around the ship. Rabei said the emergency services had continued their pulling maneuvers to expose the ship.
Around 370 ships are waiting to pass through
The 400 meter long container ship had blocked the important shipping route in both directions. Shipping companies subsequently switched to letting their ships sail around the southern tip of Africa. According to information from the canal authority, around 370 ships, including 25 oil tankers, were stuck at the canal approaches.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had already ordered that the partial unloading of containers be prepared in the event that attempts to uncover them continue to be unsuccessful. The day-long blockade caused the channel to lose around $ 13 to 14 million in revenue every day.
Damaged container ship “Ever Given” apparently free again
daily news 6:30 a.m., March 29, 2021
Important trade route between Asia and Europe
The 193 kilometer long canal is the shortest connection between Europe and Asia and the crucial corridor for crude oil and imported goods to Europe. It shortens the route for merchant ships between Asia and Europe by several thousand kilometers. According to the canal authority, almost 19,000 ships passed through the waterway last year.
According to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), 98 percent of container ships pass through the Suez Canal when they are on the move between Germany and China. About eight to nine percent of all German goods imports and exports go through the Suez Canal.