Liberation Work In Suez Canal Tons Of Sand And USA Help
The freighter, one of the largest in the world, has been aground since Tuesday by the bow and by the stern on the banks of the Suez Canal.
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has indicated that between 15,000 and 20,000 cubic meters of sand will have to be dredged in the area where the cargo ship ‘Ever Given’ was stranded last Tuesday in order to proceed with its release and restore the traffic on this road.
So much so that shipping experts believe that unblocking the ship could take days or even weeks , which means that the commercial blockade will continue for an important period of time, reports CNN.
The president of the SCA, Osama Rabie, has detailed that this amount of sand must be removed from the area to achieve a depth of between twelve and 16 meters that allows the vessel to float, according to a statement published by the agency through their website.
He also indicated that the work in the area continues in cooperation with the Dutch rescue company SMIT, while Rabie has emphasized that the efforts “are carried out according to the highest maritime safety standards” and “taking into account various factors, including the nature of the terrain, the presence of clay and the safety distance between the freighter and the dredge. “
All this, while at least 160 ships are waiting to cross the blocked inland waterway , according to a senior SCA channel pilot. And it is that dozens of ships, including other large container ships, oil and gas tankers, and bulk ships have retracted at both ends of the canal to create one of the worst transport jams seen in years.
For its part, the Egyptian Government has highlighted that two dredgers, nine tugboats and four excavators are participating in the efforts to remove the sand in the area to try to free the freighter, 400 meters long and 59 meters wide, which transports 224,000 tons of merchandise, as reported by the newspaper ‘Al Ahram’.
Cooperation with the USA
The agency has also expressed its “gratitude” to the offer of assistance made by the United States to collaborate in the efforts to unblock the ‘Ever Given’, while expressing its willingness to “cooperate” with Washington in “this good initiative” .
The SCA has stated that Washington’s offer “emphasizes the relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries”, while it has shown its “gratitude” to the rest of the countries that have sent offers of aid.
Apologies and difficulties
For its part, the Japanese company Shoei Kisen Kaisha, owner of the ‘Ever Given’, presented its apologies on Thursday for the disruption of world trade due to the incident and stressed that unlocking the ship is being “extremely difficult”, according to the chain British television station BBC.
And it is that the blockade of the Suez Canal by the ‘Ever Given’ caused on Wednesday a strong rise of more than three percent in the prices of a barrel of oil as the movement of ships in both directions had been interrupted.