March 29, 2021, Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said the giant container ship “Chang Chi”, which has been blocking the vital waterway for nearly a week, has been turned “in the right direction”. (Video screenshot)
Evergreen Marine container ship “Chang Chi ship” stranded in the Suez Canal in Egypt for six days, causing global maritime traffic chaos. Today (29) there are 2 professional tugboats arrived at the scene to join the rescue ranks, the Egyptian Suez Canal Authority said, blocking this important waterway of the giant container ship, has been turned to the “right direction”, but it is not clear when the river traffic to resume operations.
Evergreen said earlier on the 29th, originally scheduled for a new wave of extrication operations at 8 p.m. Beijing Time on the 28th, but after re-evaluating, decided to mobilize more tugs, floating ship operations were suspended until 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Beijing time today.
The Suez Canal Authority released a statement at about 5 a.m. local time this morning (11 a.m. BST today) saying, “Towing operations to refloat the Ever Given have begun with the assistance of 10 giant tugboats.”
Videos posted on social media show the Ever Given’s stern appearing to swing, giving the river some extra room.
The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, said in a statement, “The ship has been redirected 80 percent. The stern of the ship was moved to 102 meters from the shore.” The stern of the Nagachi was originally located only 4 meters from the river bank.
The official statement from the owner of the Changci ship, Nippon Shoryu Kisen Kaisha, said that the hull of the Changci ship “was originally stuck in the canal at an angle of 30 degrees, but the situation has been alleviated,” adding that the Changci ship “has turned” but “has not yet floated “.
Inchcape, a marine service provider, tweeted that the vessel had “successfully refloated” and was “being protected”.
However, it is not clear when canal traffic will resume operations.
On March 29, 2021, Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said that the giant container ship “Changchi,” which had been blocking the vital waterway for nearly a week, had been turned “in the right direction. (AFP via Getty Images)