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World Huge ship blocking Suez Canal partially refloated, more work needed

09:50  29 march  2021
09:50  29 march  2021 Source:   reuters.com

Opinion: Suez Canal traffic jam blocks the world's jugular vein

  Opinion: Suez Canal traffic jam blocks the world's jugular vein A failure of machinery, human error or natural events -- high winds and reduced visibility - may have caused Ever Given to run ashore in the Suez Canal, writes Salvatore R. Mercogliano. But its impact will resonate far from its banks as it has blocked the jugular of one of the largest trade routes in human history. The Suez Canal was opened in November 1869 to great fanfare after 10 years of excavation. A joint endeavor by France and Great Britain, it provided a shorter route to Asia than having to circumnavigate Africa. Connecting the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean via the Red Sea, the vital waterway was essential to maritime commerce.

One of the largest container ships in the world has been partially refloated after it ran aground in the Suez canal , causing a huge jam of vessels at either end of the vital international trade artery. The 220,000-ton, 400-metre-long Ever Given – a so-called megaship operated by the Taiwan-based firm Evergreen – became stuck near the southern end of the canal on Tuesday. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said it had lost the ability to steer amid high winds and a dust storm. Eight tugboats were working to free the vessel, blocking a lane key to Asia-Europe trade through which about 50 ships a

(Bloomberg) -- The giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal has been at least partially refloated , the first step toward getting one of the world’s most important trade arteries moving again. The Ever Given was successfully refloated at about 4:30 a.m. local time in Egypt and the vessel is currently being secured Shipping experts still anticipate already-stretched ocean freight markets will see even more tightness over the coming months because of disrupted schedules and the uneven wave of cargo that will hit ports down the line. “The dominoes have been toppled,” Lars Jensen, chief executive of

By Yusri Mohamed, Nadine Awadalla and Aidan Lewis

a large green field with trees in the background: A view shows the refloated container ship Ever Given in Suez Canal © Reuters/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY A view shows the refloated container ship Ever Given in Suez Canal

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - A massive container ship blocking Egypt's Suez Canal for nearly a week has been partially refloated, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Monday, raising hopes the busy waterway will soon be reopened for a huge backlog of ships.

a large ship in the background: Giant container ship in Suez Canal © Reuters/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY Giant container ship in Suez Canal

The 400-metre (430-yard) long Ever Given became jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds early last Tuesday, halting shipping traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

Suez Canal Remains Choked as Elite Team Tackles Stuck Ship

  Suez Canal Remains Choked as Elite Team Tackles Stuck Ship A huge backlog of vessels was building up around the Suez Canal amid warnings that the salvage team could need days -- or even weeks -- to prise out the giant container ship that’s blocking the crucial waterway. Work to re-float the Ever Given and allow passage for oceangoing carriers hauling almost $10 billion of oil and consumer goods continued without success on Thursday in Egypt. Tugs and diggers have so far failed to budge the vessel, and some experts say the crisis could drag on for several days. The Suez Canal Authority has temporarily suspended traffic along the waterway.

The giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal has been at least partially refloated , the first step toward getting one of the world’s most important trade arteries moving again. The Ever Given was successfully refloated at about 4:30 a.m. local time in Egypt and the vessel is currently being secured, maritime The ship has a damaged hull and it’s not clear how soon it will be able to clear the way for other vessels to pass. Ever Given -- which is longer than the canal is wide and was wedged across the waterway -- has been stuck since Tuesday, causing a backlog of hundreds of ships and snarling

CAIRO (BLOOMBERG) - The giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal has been at least partially refloated , the first step towards getting one of the world's most important trade arteries moving again. The Ever Given was successfully refloated on Monday (March 29) at about 4.30am local time in Egypt and the vessel is currently being secured, maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services said in an e-mail. It followed a new attempt to dislodge the ship involving 10 tug boats, according to the Suez Canal Authority.

After further dredging and excavation over the weekend, efforts by rescue workers from the SCA and a team from Dutch firm Smit Salvage worked to free the ship using tug boats in the early hours of Monday, two marine and shipping sources said.

The SCA said Ever Given has been straightened in the canal and further tugging operations would resume once the tide rises later on Monday. Marine traffic through the canal will resume once the ship is directed to the Great Lakes area, a wider section of the canal, it added.

a boat is docked next to a body of water: Stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it ran aground, in Suez Canal © Reuters/HANDOUT Stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it ran aground, in Suez Canal

Graphic: Ever Given afloat again, being secured by authorities - https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/ce/nmoparzezva/EverGivenAfloat.png

Energy, retail, and food: Ever Given blockage threatens supply chains

  Energy, retail, and food: Ever Given blockage threatens supply chains Global trade has been unsettled after a massive container vessel became wedged in the Suez Canal and blocked passage, possibly for weeks to come. © Provided by Washington Examiner The 200,000-ton behemoth known as Ever Given ran aground earlier this week when a powerful sandstorm packing winds in excess of 45 mph buffeted the ship and caused it to become lodged between the banks of the critical passageway. Since the incident, officials have been working to dislodge the vessel, although estimates about how long that might take vary from days to weeks.

Suez Canal : billion in goods stuck in waterway. Could take weeks to refloat . Dislodging the ship is expected to take about a week, possibly longer, as news agency Bloomberg reported Friday. The Suez Canal Authority, which operates the waterway, has not provided an update on when it will be navigable again. The blockage has caused a huge traffic jam of more than 200 ships along the 193 kilometer (120 mile) canal , and caused major delays in the delivery of oil and other products. The ship 's technical manager, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, said that an attempt to refloat the ship had failed.

More than 300 ships are stuck on either side of the blockage . Some have had to reroute around Africa. By late Friday, dredgers had moved about 20,000 tonnes of sand from around the Ever Given's bow, which was stuck deep into the canal 's bank. The chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Osama Rabie, told a news conference on Saturday that 9,000 tonnes of ballast water - which is stored in tanks to stabilise the ship - had Mr Rabie could not say how soon the ship might be refloated but said the SCA would " work around the clock" to get other ships through once the Ever Given was free.

A view shows the partially re-floated container ship Ever Given in Suez Canal © Reuters/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY A view shows the partially re-floated container ship Ever Given in Suez Canal

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At least 369 vessels were waiting to transit the canal, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, SCA Chairman Osama Rabie said.

"The ship's captain is the one responsible for the vessel at all times," Rabie told Egyptian state television on Monday. "It is very possible that by today noon shipping activity would resume, god willing. We will not waste one second."

The SCA has said it can accelerate convoys through the canal once the Ever Given is freed.

"We have movement, which is good news. But I wouldn't say it's a piece of cake now," Peter Berdowski, the CEO of Smit Salvage's parent company Boskalis, told Dutch public radio.

High pressure water would be injected under the bow of the ship to remove sand and clay but if that was unsuccessful, containers might have to be removed from the ship, which would cause a considerable delay, he said.

Ever Given, the giant ship blocking the Suez Canal, had another accident in 2019 when it crashed into a small ferry in Germany

  Ever Given, the giant ship blocking the Suez Canal, had another accident in 2019 when it crashed into a small ferry in Germany The Suez Canal blockage is not the first accident for the big boat, and winds were also named as the cause in the 2019 incident.But apparently, it wasn't the first accident for the big boat.

Inch Cape Shipping Services says the ship blocking the Suez Canal has been re - floated and is currently being secured. image/svg+xml. Image: Images show the giant container ship after it was finally dislodged enough for other vessels to pass. Pic: Suez Canal Authority. The breakthrough came after canal services firm Leth Agencies said the vessel had been " partially refloated ", following intensive efforts to push and pull it with 10 tugboats and vacuum up sand with several dredgers at high tide.

The giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal has been at least partially refloated , the first step toward getting one of the world’s most important trade arteries moving again. The Ever Given was successfully refloated at about 4:30 a.m. local time in Egypt and the vessel is currently being secured, maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services said in an email. It followed a new attempt to dislodge the ship involving 10 tug boats, according to the Suez Canal Authority. There was no immediate clarity on the crucial question of when traffic in the canal will restart. The ship has a

a large body of water: Giant container ship stranded in Suez Canal © Reuters/MOHAMED ABD EL GHANY Giant container ship stranded in Suez Canal

A source involved in the salvage operation told Reuters on Monday they were re-ballasting the ship and expect that with a favorable tide, cargo will not need to be removed.

"The good news is she's moved. But she is still stuck in the mud. A second large anchor-handling tug will arrive this morning. Hopefully they will be able to pull her free."

The ship's technical manager Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

Graphic: Ever Given contained vessel refloated, but massive ship jam remains at Suez Canal - https://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/ce/azgvodeoqpd/EverGivenJamMarch29.png

CHEERS ERUPT, CRUDE PRICES FALL

Video posted on social media appeared to show the ship had swung around, opening space in the canal. Other footage, which could not be immediately verified by Reuters, included cheering and ships' horns sounding in celebration.

Crude oil prices fell after news of progress in refloating the ship, with Brent crude down by $1 per barrel to $63.67. Shares of Taiwan-listed Evergreen Marine Corp - the vessel's lessor - rose 3.3%.

How the Giant Boat Blocking the Suez Canal Was Freed: Dredgers, Tugboats, and a Full Moon

  How the Giant Boat Blocking the Suez Canal Was Freed: Dredgers, Tugboats, and a Full Moon How a celestial body contributed to the rescue effortsThe recovery vessels took advantage of high spring tides around the full moon on Sunday to free the Ever Given, which had blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal for almost a week. Its partial refloating just before dawn on Monday drew cheers and foghorn blasts from the bridges of other vessels caught in the bi-directional snarl that had held up hundreds of ships and billions of dollars worth of cargo each day since March 23.

About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal, which is a key source of foreign currency revenue for Egypt. The current stoppage is costing the canal $14-$15 million a day.

Shipping rates for oil product tankers nearly doubled after the ship became stranded, and the blockage has disrupted global supply chains, threatening costly delays for companies already dealing with COVID-19 restrictions.

Some shippers had decided to reroute their cargoes around the Cape of Good Hope, adding about two weeks to journeys and extra fuel costs.

A note from A.P. Moeller Maersk seen by Reuters said it had so far redirected 15 vessels around the Cape after calculating that the journey would be equal to the current delay of sailing to Suez and queuing.

(Reporting by Yusri Mohamed, Nadine Awadalla and Aidan Lewis; additional reporting by Omar Fahmy, Momen Saeed Atallah and Mahmoud Mourad in Cairo, Florence Tan in Singapore, Anthony Deutsch in Amsterdam and Akshay Lodaya; Writing by Lincoln Feast; Editing by Richard Pullin)

Trolls attack Egypt's first female sea captain after Suez Canal ship mishap .
Egypt's first female sea captain says she was skewered on social media although she was working on a ship hundreds of miles from the Ever Given.The controversy comes as the canal authority announced that the backup of ships was finally cleared Saturday, 11 days after the Ever Given became wedged across a narrow section of the canal and six days after the ship was freed.

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