World Engineers start to refloat ship stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal
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.
authorities said Monday that engineers have "successfully started to refloat" the colossal cargo ship that became stuck on the banks of the Suez Canal last week and still continues to block traffic through the crucial waterway.
The so-called Ever Given, a 224,000-ton, 1,300-foot-long container ship registered in Panama, was freed from the shoreline as its course was corrected by 80%. The engineers, who have beens to pull the fully laden vessel with tug boats, are scheduled to resume their efforts later Monday morning as the water level rises to its maximum, "allowing the ship's course to be completely straightened," according to a statement from Egypt's Suez Canal Authority.
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 massive vessel, which is almost the size of the Empire State Building, was on its way fromto the Netherlands when it near the southern end of the 120-mile-long artificial waterway in Egypt last Tuesday morning, after a sandstorm and high winds caused poor navigation and low visibility, according to the Suez Canal Authority.
Traffic has since come to a complete halt as the ship remains stuck sideways across the Suez Canal, one of the world's busiest trade routes that provides the shortest maritime link for goods traveling from Asia to Europe by connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.
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.
Shoei Kisen Kaisha, the Japanese company that owns the Ever Given, said in a statement last Thursday that it was working with local authorities to resolve the situation but that was proving "extremely difficult."
"We sincerely apologize for causing a great deal of worry to ships in the Suez Canal and those planning to go through the canal," the company added.
As the blockage nears the one-week mark, there areover how it could impact the global economy and supply chains. About 12% of the world's trade volume passes through the Suez Canal, including approximately 1.9 billion barrels of oil per day.
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.