Despite the long traffic jam in the Suez Canal, the rescue work on the container ship “Ever Given” was interrupted on Saturday night. Over 200 ships are still waiting to continue.
The salvage work around the container ship “Ever Given”, which ran aground in the Suez Canal, was interrupted on late Friday evening (local time) and should not be resumed until Saturday.
Another attempt to free the ship from its deadlocked position had failed, the company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) in Singapore, which is responsible for the technical management of the container ship, announced on Friday. Two more tugs are expected in the Suez Canal by Sunday to help with the rescue. The “Suez Canal Authority” (SCA), which is the owner, manager and operator of the canal, has not yet been available for comment.
US Army wants to help
In view of the ongoing blockade of the Suez Canal by a huge container ship that ran aground, the US Army has offered to help. “As part of our active diplomatic dialogue with Egypt, we have offered the Egyptian authorities US assistance in reopening the canal,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki in Washington on Friday. A team of experts from the US Navy could quickly be dispatched to the Suez Canal.
Talks with Cairo about US support were ongoing, Pskai added. US Central Command spokesman Bill Urban said the naval experts would be ready in the event of a request from Egypt. A central task of the Central Command responsible for the Middle East is the protection of the merchant ships in the region.
The last attempt was made to remove 20,000 cubic meters of sand from the bow of the ship with dredgers and thus free it. The 400 meter long “Ever Given” ran aground on Tuesday due to strong winds. By late Friday afternoon, more than 200 ships were jammed on both sides of the canal, one of the most important waterways in the world.