Effort to refloat wedged container ship in Suez Canal continues

Effort to refloat wedged container ship in Suez Canal continues
Tugboats managed to move the Ever Given 30 degrees in both directions, but it is still stuck. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The giant container ship lodged in the Suez Canal remains stuck after attempts to dislodge it on Saturday’s high tide failed.

Authorities said some progress had been made and more tugboats were joining the effort on Sunday.

Alternative arrangements are being put in place in case the current operation fails.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt has ordered preparations to lighten the load of the giant container ship.

That would involve transferring some containers to the canal bank or to another vessel. Experts earlier told that such an operation could take weeks because in needs heavy equipment, including bringing in specialist equipment, including a crane that would need to stretch more than 60m (200ft) high.

The Suez Canal is one of the busiest trade routes in the world, and the Ever Given, which is seized like four football field, has been wedged in it since Tuesday.

More than 300 ships are stuck on either side of the Suez Canal and some vessels have had to reroute around Africa.

On Saturday, 14 tugboats pulled and pushed the Ever Given, which is one of the largest container ship in the world, at high tide to try to dislodge it.

Dredgers continued to remove thousands of tonnes of sand at the same time and clay from where the bow was trapped in the canal’s bank.

General Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), said that although strong winds and tides complicated efforts, the tugboats managed to move the ship “30 degrees from left and right”.

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