Container ship stuck in Suez Canal ‘partially refloated’

Race To Free Giant Ship From Suez Canal Continues

Egypt's Leth Agencies tweeted the ship had been partially refloated, pending official confirmation from the Suez Canal Authority (SCA).

But despite progress the previous night in freeing the rudder and propeller, the vessel remains wedged across the canal.

The canal was completely blocked after a giant ship called the Ever Given ran aground on Tuesday. Already, Syria has begun rationing the distribution of fuel in the war-torn country amid concerns of delays of shipments arriving amid the blockage.

"The shortage of semiconductors right now is so severe, that kind of delay in supply, even by a week or two, could also lengthen the delays in semiconductor production, which has stalled automobile and other electronics' production", Lee said.

The step has been taken "in order to guarantee the continued supply of basic services to Syrians such as bakeries, hospitals, water stations, communication centres, and other vital institutions", according to SANA, citing the ministry.

Nearly as long as New York's Empire State Building is high, the ship is diagonally blocking the 193-kilometre (120-mile) long canal, and more than 320 ships are stalled at either end, Rabie said. He added: "There may have been technical or human errors".

About 27,000 cubic feet of sand have been removed from around the vessel to a depth of almost 60 feet.

The Suez Canal, one of the world's busiest waterways, is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea.

The 400-metre Panama-flagged Ever Given ship has been stuck sideways in the Suez since Tuesday morning after it ran out of power, this has meant that more than 200 vessels have been tailing back from the Suez Canal.

The Suez Canal Authority had earlier said in a statement that tugging operations to free the ship had resumed.

China won't overtake USA on my watch, says Biden
This was the stance that Vice President Kamala Harris took during her bid for the presidency in the 2020 election cycle. Biden said that his administration is in negotiations with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on the matter.

Removing some or all of the cargo could add days to the effort to clear the Japanese-owned ship from the canal.

Speaking at a news conference on Saturday, SCA chairman Osama Rabie gave details of the rescue operation, which he described as "technically difficult" and "involving many factors". In the time since, authorities have been unable to unstick the vessel and traffic through the canal - valued at over $9 billion a day - has been halted, further disrupting a global shipping network already strained by the coronavirus pandemic.

"We could finish today or tomorrow (Sunday), depending on the ship's responsiveness" to high tides, he said.

The ship's engines had started and preparations were under way to move the Ever Given to the Great Lakes area, a canal source said.

Rabie said Egypt was losing $12-14m in revenue from the canal each day it is closed.

Workers had been trying to take advantage of high tides helped by a full moon Sunday night, a pilot with the Suez Canal Authority told The Associated Press.

No one was injured in the grounding and the crew was removed from the ship.

On Saturday, Mr Rabie described that scenario - which would lighten the ship's load - as a time-consuming and painstaking process to which they "hopefully" would not have to resort.

Around a dozen of them are carrying livestock.

NGO Animals International warned of a potential "tragedy" affecting some 130,000 animals.

Related News:



Most liked

One dead, six injured in stabbing attack at Canadian library
A lone suspect was arrested and there was no ongoing threat to the public, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a tweet . Hailes said he later talked to a man who tried to lure the attacker away from other people around the library.

Brisbane on alert after rare local Covid transmission 26 March, 2021
NSW Health is contacting more than 20,000 travellers who have arrived in the state from Queensland between March 20 and 26. However, she cautioned, the situation could change and another lockdown could be on the cards if things go wrong.

Ontario confirms 2,453 new cases of COVID-19 and 16 additional deaths
A majority of the cases (1,494) are of the B.1.1.7 variant , which was first detected in the United Kingdom. Saturday's total marks the third straight day that the daily case count has topped 2,000.

Medved: Georgia’s voter bill is ridiculous, but it’s not Jim Crow
The GOP is also cracking down on methods that counties used to increase participation and make voting easier during the pandemic. Another aspect of the new law allows the state's board of elections to determine which county boards are underperforming.

Two dead and eight injured in Virginia Beach shootings
Authorities said they believe the second shooting was related to the first, but did not provide details on how they are connected. One woman died at the scene and at least eight people were transported to hospitals for their injuries.

Hundreds of ships cause logjam in Suez Canal
Such an arrangement is customary, but the ship's captain retains ultimate authority over the vessel, according to experts. About 10 per cent of world trade flows through the canal, which is particularly crucial for transporting oil.

Myanmar protest deaths reach 320 as US, UK, impose sanctions
The parade was a show of force for the Tatmadaw, with military vehicles, firepower and soldiers marching in formation. It said 11 people were killed on Thursday, when it also managed to verify 23 deaths that had occurred previously.

EU Commission can put brakes on vaccine exports
The arrival of the Johnson & Johnson shot is a welcome boost to Europe's faltering vaccination campaign. Europe has had 88 million doses delivered so far, of which 62 million doses have been administered.

Vaccines vs. variants: Modelling shows spread of COVID-19 unraveling Canada’s progress
The U.S. on Wednesday surpassed 30 million confirmed cases, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. Michael Health System, a state-designated rural vaccination hub, as well as at the county Health Department.

Suez ship congestion could delay 10 LNG deliveries to Europe, analysts say
While a company might know it has a product sitting on a ship that's stopped, the impact of delays down the line are unknown. The shipping journal said two major companies, Maersk and Hapag-Lloyd, were looking into whether to re-route their vessels.

EU must have 'leverage' over vaccine producers who don't fulfil their contracts
The spread of more contagious virus variants has pushed hospitals in some European Union countries to their limit. Brussels and London have both laid claim to vaccine stocks in an AstraZeneca factory in the Netherlands.

'Brits' forced my ancestor to flee Ireland: Joe Biden
Should he run again, Biden said he "would fully expect" to choose Vice President Kamala Harris to be his running mate again. He also said the U.S. is open to diplomacy on the condition of "complete denuclearization".

Suez Canal: Owner of cargo ship blocking waterway apologises
Berdowski said another strategy would be removing water and oil from the ship to reduce weight and, possibly, offload containers. The Suez Canal Authority says about 50 ships a day pass through the 193-kilometer manmade waterway, including oil tankers.

Over 80m COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China
On February this year, a Chinese military cargo plane delivered 600,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines in the Philippines. The death toll rose by 47 to 13,039, while recoveries increased by 1,072 to 579,518, it said in a bulletin.

Harris To Lead Biden Administration's Mexico And Central America Diplomatic Push
However, Harris said there's a lot of work to be done in order to fix the issues she suggested they were left with. Biden noted that he received a similar assignment while serving as vice president in the Obama administration.