Suez Canal: cargo ship “Ever Given” could capsize in an attempt to rescue – news abroad

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The huge cargo ship “Ever Given” has been blocking the Suez Canal since Tuesday. The salvage work is progressing slowly. And: A lot can go wrong!

Nick Sloane led the recovery of the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which sank off the island of Giglio in 2012. You need a full survey of the ocean floor and the channel floor to see the extent of the bottoming, said the salvage master “The Daily Beast”.



One of the dredgers trying to dig the container ship “Ever Given” freePhoto: – / AFP

Sloane: “In the worst case scenario, the ship is currently being supported by its bow and stern area, which means that it may sag in the middle. These subsidence could lead to the ship breaking in two and fuel and cargo (…) ending up in the canal, making it temporarily impassable. “


Nick Sloane led the 2014 salvage operations on the Costa Concordia, which had sunk two years earlier

Nick Sloane led the 2014 salvage operations on the Costa Concordia, which had sunk two years earlierFoto: Getty Images News/Getty Images

John Konrad, captain and founder of the website “gCaptain” said “The Daily Beast“:“ The risk is that the ship could become top heavy and overturn. And that would be catastrophic. “

The “Ever Given” is one of the largest container ships in the world and ran aground on Tuesday due to strong winds. Tugs and excavators are used to make the freighter manoeuvrable – and to clear one of the world’s most important waterways again.

According to the SCA boss, 321 ships were stuck on both sides of the canal on Saturday due to the blockade. Some shipping companies are already sending their ships on a different route that takes significantly longer: around the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of Africa.


The traffic jam in front of the Suez Canal can be seen on this satellite image

The traffic jam in front of the Suez Canal can be seen on this satellite image Photo: / AP

A first success was reported on Saturday: “The stern of the ship has moved towards Suez,” said the head of the Egyptian Canal Authority Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Osama Rabie. “But because the tide fell significantly, we had to stop work.”

Rabie did not want to make a prognosis about the duration of the salvage work: “I can’t say because I don’t know.” Sunday is crucial and shows how things will continue.


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The “Ever Given” has been blocking the way since Tuesday – a catastrophe for the global economyPhoto: / AP

The Dutch salvage company Smit Salvage hopes to get the ship free again at the beginning of the week. However, the prerequisites are stronger tugs, dredging and flooding. This was confirmed by Peter Berdowski, the boss of the Smit parent company Boskalis, the station “Nieuwsuur”.

“We want to do it after the weekend, but everything has to fit,” said Berdowski.


A water dredger at work on the site of the accident on Sunday

A water dredger at work on the site of the accident on SundayFoto: HANDOUT/VIA REUTERS

The bow of the 400 meter long “Ever Given” is stuck in the loamy sand. The stern could be used as a lever to get the ship afloat, Berdowski said. Two more tugs arrived in Suez on Sunday morning (local time) and, according to Berdowski, a crane is on the way.

Because: “If we do not manage to get rid of the ship next week, we will have to unload around 600 containers from the bow to reduce the weight.” That would set the recovery work back by at least days.

It is still open where the containers could be parked. According to Berdowski, experts warn that unloading is complex and tedious.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi has already ordered preparations to start unloading containers. Osama Rabie told Extra News on Sunday.


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The “Ever Given” is stuck in the loamy sand, the recovery work is toughFoto: HANDOUT/VIA REUTERS

Around 30 percent of the world’s container volume and around twelve percent of all goods are shipped through the Suez Canal.

▶ ︎ Russia and Saudi Arabia, the two countries that send the most oil through the canal, are likely to be particularly hard hit. India and China, on the other hand, are the largest importers, said Vortexa analysts. The traffic jam is also likely to cost the German economy dearly.





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