Ever Given Turns After Blocking Suez Canal For 6 Days

Ever Given Stuck in Suez Canal
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The giant cargo ship MV Ever Given started to move a week after it ran aground in Suez Canal, blocking hundreds of ships, verified by videos that emerged on social media. But its owner said that while the giant ship, has turned it was still not yet afloat.

Ever Given was “stuck at an angle of 30 degrees towards the canal but that has eased,” the spokesman for the vessel’s owner said. “A total of 11 tug boats have been pulling Ever Given since this morning,” he added.

The massive container ship has been turned 80 percent in the right direction, officials Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said, raising hopes the vital trade route could soon be clear.

“The position of the ship has been reoriented 80 percent in the right direction. The stern moved to 102 meters (335 feet) from the shore,” compared to its position four meters from the shore previously, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief Osama Rabie in a statement.

About 27,000 cubic meters of sand were dug out, to a depth of 18 meters, to free the ship, according to reports.

Watch: Giant Ship Turns After Blocking Suez Canal For 6 Days

The giant cargo ship MV Ever Given almost a week after it ran aground in Suez Canal, blocking hundreds of ships, started to move, verified by videos that emerged on social media. But its owner said that while the giant ship has turned, it was still not yet afloat.

Ever Given was “stuck at an angle of 30 degrees towards the canal but that has eased,” the spokesman for the vessel’s owner said.

“A total of 11 tug boats have been pulling Ever Given since this morning,” he added.

The massive container ship has been turned 80 per cent in the right direction, officials Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said, raising hopes the vital trade route could soon be clear.

“The position of the ship has been reorientated 80 percent in the right direction. The stern… moved to 102 metres (335 feet) from the shore,” compared to its position four metres from the shore previously, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief Osama Rabie in a statement.

The backlog severely strained global supply chains already stretched by the pandemic as the canal is a conduit for about 12% of global trade. Some ships opted for the long and expensive trip around the southern tip of Africa instead of Suez.

Egypt – which controls the canal – had been reportedly losing around 14 million dollar per day in revenue because of the accidental blockade.

Timeline of the accident in brief:

Why it took 6 days to partially refloat the vessel?

March 23: The MV Ever Given container ship gets stuck in the Suez Canal after being struck by a dust storm that turns it sideways, blocking traffic in both directions.

March 24: A massive effort to refloat the vessel using eight tugboats commences. Much of the focus is on expanding the dredging area at the front of the ship by “removing the sides of the canal. 

March 25: The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) suspends navigation through the Suez Canal until the Ever Given can be refloated.

March 26: The SCA accepts an offer by a US Navy team of dredging experts to assist in operations to free the vessel.

March 27: The ship is moved by 30 meters towards the north and the vessel’s rudder is released from the sediment.

March 28: A fresh attempt to free the Ever Given, taking advantage of high tide, is made. The vessel’s front is found to have been damaged after running aground.

March 29: The giant container vessel is partly freed in a pre-dawn operation, the first step towards getting one of the world’s most important trade arteries moving again.

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