Investigation under way into Suez Canal blockage

Investigation under way into Suez Canal blockage
The Ever Given is seen after it was fully floated in the Suez Canal. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Experts have boarded the Ever Given ship, which was dislodged on Monday six days after it got stuck in the Suez Canal. Experts are now seeking to investigate what caused the incident that shook the global shipping industry.

The Ever Given, one of the biggest container ship in the world, was safely anchored on Tuesday in the Great Bitter Lake, a wide stretch of water halfway between the south and north ends of the Suez Canal, after salvage teams finally freed the giant ship on Monday afternoon.

The grounding of the ship had halted billions of dollars a day in maritime commerce.

On condition of anonymity, a senior canal pilot told The Associated Press that experts were looking for signs of damage and trying to determine the cause of Ever Given’s grounding.

Engineers were also examining the engines of the Japanese-owned and Panama-flagged ship hauling goods from Asia to Europe to determine when exactly it can sail to its destination in the Netherlands, the pilot said without elaborating.

Container ships stuck in both sides of the canal could be seen from the city of Suez, sailing in the north-bound stretch of the waterway.

More than three dozen vessels that waited for the Ever Given to be freed had already exited the canal into the Red Sea since the waterway was reopened for navigation at 6pm on Monday.

More than 300 vessels were waiting on both ends of the Suez Canal as of Tuesday morning and in the Great Bitter Lake for permission to continue sailing to their destinations.

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