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The giant ship Ever Given blocked Suez Canal has been refloated!

Ever Given was refloated in the early hours of Monday morning according to Inchcape Shipping Services. The giant 399m long Evergreen operated vessel will have an initial assessment for damages.

The giant ship Ever Given blocked Suez Canal has been refloated!
29 March 2021 - 10:27

Ever Given was refloated in the early hours of Monday morning according to Inchcape Shipping Services. The giant 399m long Evergreen operated vessel will have an initial assessment for damages.

It is stated that the ship’s engines are running, and sources on site say the ship is fully mobile, but the decision has been made to take the ship under tow to the Bitter Lake to the north. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) will soon be in a position to start to get convoys underway to move the hundreds of ships waiting at either end of the vital waterway linking Europe with Asia.

A total of 15 tugs were used in a huge overnight operation, making the most of a spring tide. Dredging around the the bow area overnight had given the waterway’s eastern bank a depth of 18m to facilitate the floatation of the ship.

Shoei Kisen, the ship’s Japanese owner, told Japanese newswire Nikkei that the bow of the Ever Given has “turned slightly.” The bow has been wedged five metres deep into the eastern bank of the canal since Tuesday.

As of this morning there were 367 ships waiting to transit the Suez Canal in both directions according to Leth Agencies. Last year, the daily number of ships transiting the canal was 51, although the authorities have the resources to ensure this daily figure is doubled.

 



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