Blocked in Egypt’s Suez Canal heavy container freighter “Long Given” (Ever Given) off the shallow work progressed Monday, the hull has been partially refloated, the stern began to turn.
It is not clear how long it will take for the Ever Given to resume navigation, and it is unknown when the Suez Canal will resume normal navigation.
Suez Canal Authority director Rabi said in a statement, after “successful push and pull operations”, the ship’s stern has been moved from 4 meters from the canal bank to more than 100 meters. Rabe said 80 percent of the ship’s course tends to be right.
The crew will work again at high tide to try to get the ship back to the “middle of the navigable waterway,” Rabe said.
Progress was made in the early morning of Monday (March 29) local Time on the removal of the Chang Chi, a cargo ship that has been blocking the Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, for nearly a week.
The rescue work includes digging out the canal sand and soil, as well as the use of several high-powered tugboats to tow the hull.
The Evergreen Marine chartered by Taiwan has been the focus of world attention since it blocked the canal. Staff had hoped that the full moon tide would bring enough water to the canal to get the cargo ship out of trouble.
As of Sunday evening, more than 360 ships were waiting to enter the Suez Canal.
Egypt, for its part, is eager to restore traffic to the Suez Canal, which brings in $5 billion to $6 billion a year for the country. German insurer Allianz estimates that daily blockages in the canal could cost $6 billion to $10 billion in lost global trade.
The canal blockage has already triggered consequences. Syria said Saturday it had started supplying fuel in domestic quotas because the country was still awaiting delivery of its oil cargo. Eleven ships carrying 130,000 sheep from Romania have also been affected.
Some shipping companies have responded to the delays by diverting ships to the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of the continent.