Evergreen Cargo Ship Stuck in Canal U.S. Navy Wants to Help Turkey Extends Olive Branch

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Taiwan Evergreen Marine’s Chang Chi ship ran aground in the Suez Canal for the fifth day, interrupting the shipping link between the Eurasian waterway and causing higher tanker rates and chaos in the global supply chain of daily necessities. It is rumored that the U.S. Navy is ready to assist, and Turkey has also proposed to Egypt to send the ship Nene Hatun to help the Chang Chi ship out of the shallow.

The Ever Given, a 400-meter-long ship, was stranded in the Suez Canal on the 23rd of this month by strong winds and a sandstorm, making it impassable for ships at both ends.

The relevant authorities and experts are trying to solve the problem, options include letting the ship float, reduce The load, digging out the sediment around the ship, but are not easy.

The CEO of Boskalis, the parent company of Dutch maritime rescue company Smit Salvage, said the long-giving ship is stuck in the Suez Canal and could take “days or weeks” to get out.

The Suez Canal Authority said earlier that it had restarted towing the cargo ship after removing 20,000 cubic meters of sand around its bow.

Reuters quoted three canal-related sources as saying that the operation of rescuing the long-giving ship from the shallows by towing was temporarily suspended on the night of the 26th and continued on the 27th. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has not yet responded.

The disruption of river transport interrupts the flow of goods and doubles the pressure on the global supply chain

The Suez Canal handles about $10 billion in cargo every day. The shipping disruption has disrupted global supply chains from grains to baby clothes, with tanker rates for petroleum products almost doubling and oil prices rising more than 3 percent on Friday, with more than 30 tankers reportedly waiting on both sides of the canal since Tuesday.

Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s Investors Service) said Europe’s manufacturing and automotive industries, including auto suppliers, will be hit the hardest, if the blockage persists, the trade routes cut off may affect about 10% to 15% of the world’s cargo containers.

The U.S. study how to step in to assist

The Suez Canal is a key route for the two-way transportation of oil and a preferred route for U.S. importers to import manufactured goods such as footwear and apparel from Southeast Asia and India. The Biden administration is concerned about the possible impact on global energy markets and is considering how to help.

A U.S. official, who declined to be named, said the Navy is prepared to send a team of desalination experts to the canal, but is still waiting for local authorities to agree. CNN reported that two defense officials said the U.S. Navy in the Middle East intends to send a team of dredging experts to the site as soon as the 27th to assess the situation.

The Suez Canal Authority would be happy to see the U.S. lend a hand. Turkey, which wants to enhance diplomatic relations with Egypt, also said it could send rescue boats to the canal.

Turkey intends to send a rescue ship to restart the Turkish-Egyptian diplomatic contacts suspended for 8 years

The Central News Agency reported that Turkey’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Karaismailoglu (Adil Karaismailoglu) said on the 26th that Turkey has proposed to Egypt to send a rescue ship Nene Hatun to assist the long-giving ship out of the shallow.

He said the Hatun Grandmother is one of the few machines in the world capable of performing such operations.

The independent news outlet Middle East Eye reported that the Turkish Interior Ministry’s Nene Hatun is capable of providing 205 tons of bollard towing capacity and is equipped with a firefighting system that can spray water up to 70 meters high, an underwater rescue system that can reach a depth of 100 meters, a decompression chamber, 15 scuba divers, several laboratories and a small medical team.

The proposal comes at a Time when diplomatic relations between Ankara and Cairo are at a low ebb. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan confirmed on Dec. 12 that relations with Egypt, which have been suspended since 2013, have been reopened. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu announced on the same day that Turkey and Egypt had restarted diplomatic contacts.

Relations between Turkey and Egypt deteriorated sharply after Egypt’s then military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi overthrew Egypt’s first democratically elected president Mohamed Morsi in a military coup in 2013. The two countries expelled each other’s ambassadors and downgraded relations, and Erdogan did not even call al-Sisi by his first name for years, referring to him only as “the mutineer.

Turkey and Egypt support the opposing camps on the issue of Syria, and also disagree on the maritime disputes in the Eastern Mediterranean. But Erdogan, who has always been a fiery talker, has been much more restrained in his comments on international issues recently, and is no longer rude to Sisi. Egypt also announced recently that it will recognize Turkey’s exclusive economic zone when it tenders for oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, reversing and significantly warming bilateral relations.

Egypt 26 train collision accident, resulting in at least 32 people dead, 108 people injured. Turkey has earlier sent its condolences to Egypt and expects a speedy recovery.