Container ship Ever Given removed from the shallows in the Suez Canal

The ship has been blocking traffic along one of the world’s most important transport arteries for almost a week. The tugs will place the vessel in a position that will allow it to resume movement.

Rescue teams have floated the container ship Ever Given in the Suez Canal, which has been blocking traffic along this key transport artery for almost a week. “The MV Ever Given has been successfully lifted and is currently being floated,” shipping company Inchcape Shipping Services said on its Twitter microblog on Monday 29 March.

Earlier, the management company of the Suez Canal SCA announced the resumption of rescue operations. The tugs are currently trying to position the giant vessel in a position that will allow it to resume movement along the canal. How long it will take is not yet clear.

On the way to the canal, more than 450 ships have already accumulated, awaiting passage. Each day of channel downtime costs the global economy $ 9 billion. Some ships have already decided to take a much longer detour to Europe – around Africa.

The container ship Ever Given was removed from the shallows after about 27 thousand cubic meters were removed by dredgers. m of sand in which the ship is stuck.

Why the container ship Ever Given ran aground

The 400 meter long and 59 meter wide Triple E container ship Ever Given, en route from China to Rotterdam, ran aground in the southern part of the Suez Canal. On the night of March 24, he completely blocked traffic in both directions. The Taiwanese company Evergreen, which chartered the container ship, said the incident was due to weather conditions.

The official reason why Ever Given ran aground, however, has not yet been named. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement says their preliminary investigations rule out mechanical or motor failure. At the same time, there is also evidence that just at the time of the incident in the Suez Canal, another large cargo ship carrying about 20,000 containers had a power outage, AP reported.

About 12 percent of the world’s trade traffic passes through the Suez Canal. In 2019, about 19 thousand ships passed through it. The Suez Canal is 193 kilometers long. This is the shortest route from Asia to Europe and back and the most important corridor for oil supplies to Europe.

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