Japanese owner says facing "extreme difficulty" refloating ship stuck in Suez Canal, with at least 150 vessels, waiting to pass after the skyscraper-sized cargo vessel was wedged across the vital waterway, imperilling global shipping. Several dozen vessels, including other large container ships, oil and gas tankers and bulk carriers, creating what is being described as one of the worst maritime traffic jams in years.
Ships anchor in Lake Timsah, Ismailia, halfway through Egypt's Suez canal on Thursday, on March 25, 2021.
"As a frequent user of the canal, MSC is monitoring the situation very closely for updates in case any fleet or service network contingency plans would be required and to see how container circulation may be affected in an already challenging market", it said in a statement.
The giant vessel was built in 2018, and has the capacity for 20,000 20-foot shipping containers.
Since Tuesday, Egyptian authorities in cooperation with foreign experience and assistance have been trying to free a giant container ship with a super heavy load.
Ships stalled in the waiting areas will be stopped until navigation has fully resumed, and navigation traffic will work throughout the day to compensate for the delay, according to Rabie.
The Ever Given, built in 2018 with a length of almost 400 metres (a quarter mile) and a width of 59 metres (193 feet), is among the largest cargo ships in the world. The ship is 400 meters long and 59 meters wide. He admitted, however, it could take weeks to complete the task.
"A prolonged (Suez) closure would also worsen the current global container equipment shortage, as the boxes that are stuck along with the vessels can not get repatriated to Asia, to be filled with new cargo", said Alan Murphy, chief executive of analysts Sea-Intelligence.
On its website, the Japanese firm Shoei Kisen Kaisha wrote "We sincerely apologize for causing a great deal of concern to the vessels scheduled to sail and their related parties while navigating the Suez Canal due to the accident of this vessel". The Egyptian authorities deployed tug boats and the ship was refloated within hours.
Two pilots from Egypt's canal organization were on the ship to guide it when it struck land early Tuesday morning, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said.
Shipping backed up at either end of canal. Authorities hope to do the same to the Ever Given when they can free it.
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The British publication Lloyd's List estimates each day that the Suez Canal is closed effects over $9 billion worth of trade that should be passing through it.
The Suez Canal Authority said one idea the team discussed was scraping the bottom of the canal around the ship.