It is day six of the salvage work and the container ship Ever Given is still stuck in the Suez Canal. The 400 meter long freighter ran aground there on Tuesday. The transverse Ever Given has since made it impossible for other merchant ships to pass through. In the meantime, around 320 freighters have accumulated on both sides of the canal entrances.
The Dutch salvage company Smit Savage hopes to be able to mobilize the aground container ship at the beginning of the week, writes “Focus”. Should it be necessary to reduce the weight of the freighter, containers would have to be removed first. This in turn would further delay the recovery of the ship, says Peter Berdowski, head of the parent company of Smit Savage, on Dutch television on Friday evening.
130,000 sheep on board
The situation for the animals on board the ships is becoming more and more precarious: around 130,000 sheep are said to be on a total of eleven Romanian freighters that are stuck in front of the Suez Canal.
The sheep can still be adequately cared for, because there should be enough food and water on board for the coming days, the veterinary authorities in Bucharest assured on Saturday evening. However, if the blockade continues to drag on, the freighters would have to be diverted to other ports of arrival.
The Suez Canal is the shortest shipping route between Asia and Europe and is therefore essential for world trade. Last year alone, 19,000 ships passed through the canal, that’s a good 50 a day.
In order not to delay trade any further, some countries have already started diverting the first ships via the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). However, this is very reluctant: The detour not only extends the journey by a week, but is also particularly dangerous. Because on the coast of West Africa there are repeated attacks by pirates. (une)
Published: 03/28/2021, 46 minutes ago
Last updated: 28.03.2021, 38 minutes ago