Suez blockade cleared after five days

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The container ship Ever Given, which ran aground in the Suez Canal, was uncovered after a blockade that lasted for days. The 400-meter-long ship was brought back to floating condition early Monday morning at 4:30 a.m. and will be secured, said the service provider Inchcape Shipping.

Shortly afterwards, the ship’s radar Vesselfinder indicated the Ever Given as “en route”. At first it remained unclear when the important waterway could be opened for passage again.

According to the canal authority, ten tugs had tried to move the huge container ship from four directions since dawn. 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.

Aid and recovery teams tried to free the container ship belonging to a Japanese owner, which ran aground on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, with tugs and excavators.

At least 370 ships are waiting to pass through

After the success report, it was initially unclear when the Ever Given will be able to continue its voyage in a northerly direction on the way to Rotterdam in the canal. According to the canal authority, around 370 ships were waiting for passage on both sides of the canal, including 25 oil tankers. Financial news service Bloomberg reported on 450 ships waiting.

After the success report on Monday morning, videos of relieved crew members of the other ships in the canal were circulating on the Internet. “The boat is floating,” says a man on board a ship and sticks his thumb up. On one of the videos the saying “Alhamdulillah” (thank God) can be heard over and over again.

The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and thus offers the shortest shipping route between Asia and Europe. According to the Suez Canal Authority, almost 19,000 ships passed through the important waterway in 2020. As a result of the blockade that lasted for days, the operators of the canal lost around $ 13 to 14 million in revenue every day.





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Suez blockade cleared days

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