Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi had ordered preparations to start unloading containers. In the meantime, 14 tugs have been used and excavators have moved 27,000 cubic meters of earth.
During the work in the Suez Canal, further measures to rescue the wedged container ship are now being considered. President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi has ordered the preparations for the unloading of containers to begin, said the head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Osama Rabie, on Sunday the broadcaster Extra News. The salvage experts had originally hoped to get the 400 meter long “Ever Given” back on the road without the time-consuming step.
First of all, the site should be dug for twelve hours in order to free the transverse ship. Then the tugs should be used for twelve hours, Rabie said. 14 tugs have now been used. According to an SCA statement, 27,000 cubic meters of sand have now been moved in an attempt to free the ship.
The “Ever Given” with 18,300 containers on board has been blocking the Suez Canal, one of the most important waterways in the world, since Tuesday. As of Saturday, more than 320 ships were stowed at both ends of the canal. The accident disrupted supply chains around the world.