World Suez Canal Ship Update as Ever Given Blockage Backlog Set to Finally be Cleared
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.
The extensive backlog caused after the Ever Given shipping container got stuck in the Suez Canal is set to finally come to an end today.
Officials at the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said the last ships that were stranded after the massive vessel would pass through today, according to Reuters.
The news agency reported that Osama Rabie, the chairman of the SCA, said 85 ships that were delayed due to the crisis were set to pass through the canal on both sides.
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.
Among the vessels are the remaining 61 ships out of the 422 that had queued up to enter the canal when the Ever Given, a Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned ship hauling goods from Asia to Europe, was refloated on Monday, March 29.
Global trade was sent into crisis when the Ever Given ran aground and stopped dozens of ships from using the major trade route.
It forced vessels moving between Asia and Europe to take a detour around the Cape of Good Hope along South Africa's coastline.
The longer route, which adds 3,100 miles to the journey, takes at least 10 more days to complete compared to the quicker travel through the canal. It also costs ship firms hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel and other costs.
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.
Thankfully for the stranded shipping containers, the Ever Given was finally freed following an almost week-long dredging and tugging operation.
The freeing of the vessel came after dredgers vacuumed up sand and mud from the Ever Given's bow and 10 tugboats worked for five days to dislodge it.
Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, the salvage firm hired to extract the Ever Given said in a statement late last month: "We pulled it off.
"I am excited to announce that our team of experts, working in close collaboration with the Suez Canal Authority, successfully refloated the Ever Given...thereby making free passage through the Suez Canal possible again."
The end of the backlog comes after SCA stopped the Ever Given from leaving the canal until an inquiry into how the ship became stuck for nearly a week is concluded.
Egypt's Sada ElBalad news reported the SCA is likelycaused by the major trading route's blockage.
Huge ship blocking Suez Canal partially refloated, more work needed
Huge ship blocking Suez Canal partially refloated, more work neededISMAILIA, 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.
The obstruction triggered a massive jam in the passage,to be delayed each day as a result of the canal being blocked.
Newsweek has contacted the SCA for comment.
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.