The 400 meter long “Ever Given” ran aground on Tuesday due to strong winds (we reported). Admiral Usama Rabi, chairman of the canal authority, announced on Friday evening that nine large tugs were involved in the work.
Mega traffic jam in front of the waterway
This has caused a long traffic jam. According to information from the Danish shipping company Maersk, more than 200 ships are now stuck in both directions in the “traffic chaos”. The ship of the Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen sails under the Panamanian flag.
International aid is rolling in
Several factors played a role in the maneuvers of the tugs to uncover, said Rabi, especially the wind direction and ebb and flow. It was a “complicated technical operation,” said Rabi. The USA and other countries offered help to Egypt. According to CNN television, the US Navy wanted to send a team of experts on Saturday to investigate the situation.
Why the Suez Canal is so important
The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and thus offers the shortest shipping route between Asia and Europe. Every year around 18,000 ships normally pass through the waterway. According to the alliance, around 13 percent of total world trade was carried through the canal in 2019.
Container ships take detours
Some countries have already started to send the first ships on a detour around the Cape of Good Hope. According to the Hamburg shipping company Hapag-Lloyd, this will extend the journeys by around a week. At the same time, the waters off the coast of West Africa, especially in the Gulf of Guinea, are particularly dangerous because of possible pirate attacks.
(Source: Apa / Reuters)