World Trolls attack Egypt's first female sea captain after Suez Canal ship mishap
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.
Egypt's first female sea captain says she was skewered on social media for causing the grounding thateven though she was working on a ship hundreds of miles away.
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.
Tugs and dredgers try to free megaship blocking Suez Canal
Tugboats and dredgers were working Friday to free a giant container ship blocking Egypt's Suez Canal for a fourth day, forcing companies to re-route services from the vital shipping lane around Africa. The MV Ever Given, which is longer than four football fields, has been wedged diagonally across the entire canal since Tuesday, shutting the waterway in both directions. The blockage has caused a huge traffic jam for more than 200 ships at either end of the 193-kilometre (120-mile) long canal and major delays in the delivery of oil and other products.
Marwa Elselehdar, 29, says she was working on the Aida IV, hundreds of miles away in Alexandria when she realized online rumors were blaming her for the mishap.
Trolls falsified an article on Elselehdar that had beendays before the accident. The headline of a flattering profile was changed from “Marwa Elselehdar: Egypt’s first female sea captain is riding waves of success” to “Cargo ship crashes into Suez canal. First female Lloyd Arab captain involved in incident.”
Hapag-Lloyd is a container ship company, although Elselehdar does not work for it it and it does not operate the Ever Given. The blockage has been blamed for.
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.
"Frankly when I read the news I was upset because I worked really hard to reach the position I have reached," she said in a video posted online. "Anyone who works in this field knows how much effort a person has made over the years to reach this rank."
Multiple fake Twitter accounts were created in her name, making it more difficult for her to present the true story, she said.
"It is difficult to see that someone is trying to cancel all this effort ... or accuse me of being a failure or that I neglect my work," she said. “It’s my reputation, and I definitely don’t want it damaged like this.”
Elselehdar studied at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt, where she became the first Egyptian woman to study in the Department of Maritime Transport and Technology. She graduated in 2013, the only woman in a class of 1,200.
Engineers start to refloat ship stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal
Egyptian authorities said engineers have "successfully started to refloat" the colossal cargo ship that became stuck on the banks of the Suez Canal last week. 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 been trying for days 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.
She was recently promoted to captain, although she has must take the final exam.
"People in our society still don't accept the idea of girls working in the sea away from their families for a long time," she told the. "But when you do what you love, it is not necessary for you to seek the approval of everyone."
The captain of the Ever Given has not been revealed. The total of 422 ships that were stranded passed through the canal in record time of six days, canal authority director Osama Rabie said in a statement.
Rabie called the effort an "achievement that adds to the authority's ability to manage emergency situations and deal with crises."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY:
Companies that have containers on the Ever Given could have to help pay the up to $1 billion Egyptian authorities are demanding before the ship leaves the Suez Canal .
Three weeks after getting stuck, the Ever Given is still anchored in the Great Bitter Lake at the Suez Canal."The vessel will remain here until investigations are complete and compensation is paid," the head of the Suez Canal Authority, Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, told a local news station.