Evergreen Marine container ship Ever Given has been stuck in the Suez Canal for days, and the head of the canal authority told Egypt’s Extra News today that Egyptian President AbdelFattah al-Sisi has ordered preparations to reduce the weight of the Ever Given’s cargo.
Reuters reports that the long-giving ship has been blocking the Suez Canal since the 23rd. The rescue team had hoped not to unload any cargo, using sand dredging and towing methods to help the container ship out of trouble.
On the other hand, according to the vessel tracking websites MarineTraffic and VesselFinder, two tugboats are ready to go to the rescue.
AFP reports that the Italian-flagged Carlo Magno and the Dutch-flagged Alp Guard are currently in the Red Sea, heading towards the Suez Canal.
Several optimistic statements were made yesterday about the rescue operation, including the head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Osama Rabie, who said at a press conference that it was possible for the long-hauler to get out of the shallows by late this evening.
Rabie also said yesterday that 14 tugs have been deployed around the ship.
Later, Rabie told an Egyptian news channel that last night the ship “was able to move 30 degrees from side to side” for the first Time since it ran aground, “which is a good sign”.