It takes a complete analysis of the channel floor and the material in which the ship is stuck, says Nick Sloane “The Daily Beast”. Sloane was the man who led the erection and recovery of the aground Costa Concordia off the Italian island of Giglio in 2014.
“There is a risk that the ship will only be supported by the bow and stern and sag in the middle,” said the salvage expert. According to Sloane, this could cause the Ever Given to break and fuel, as well as cargo, to enter the canal. “That would be the worst scenario.” The waterway would remain impassable for another uncertain time. “There is also the risk that the ship will become top-heavy and capsize,” adds Captain John Konrad, the founder and head of gCapitain, a specialist in shipping. If that happened, it would be a “catastrophe”.
Meanwhile, workers are preparing for a possible partial discharge of the Ever Given. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered appropriate preparations. That said Admiral Usama Rabi, chairman of the channel authority, the television channel Extra News on Sunday. Meanwhile, shipping companies have started to let their freighters sail around the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of Africa.