Stranded Ever Given back afloat in Suez Canal

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Although the development marked the vessel's most significant movement since getting stuck last week, the salvage crew urged caution as obstacles loomed. "But I wouldn't say it's a piece of cake now", Peter Berdowski, the CEO of Smit Salvage's parent company Boskalis, told Dutch public radio.

Last Tuesday, the skyscraper-sized Ever Given got stuck sideways in the crucial waterway, creating a massive traffic jam.

Some shippers had made a decision to reroute their cargoes around the Cape of Good Hope, adding about two weeks to journeys and extra fuel costs.

According to the Suez Canal Authority, more than United States dollars 9 billion of goods a day were being blocked from moving through the Suez Canal, with Egypt losing at least USD 14 million in revenue a day.

Some 369 ships are now stalled as they wait for the canal to reopen, Rabie told the Al-Arabiya news channel Sunday.

The stranded container ship Ever Given has been partially floated and straightened in the Canal, with further tug operations set to resume when the tide rises later on Monday.

High pressure water would be injected under the bow of the ship to remove sand and clay but if that was unsuccessful, containers might have to be removed from the ship, which would cause a considerable delay, he said.

The German radio, NDR, said that ongoing European discussions at the level of the European Union are demanding that EVER GIVEN ship should be prevented from passing through any port in Europe due to its repeated technical problems that affect worldwide navigation and the failure of its captain to control it.

Declared destinations of vessels currently impacted by Suez Blockage. Data Via Marine Traffic
Declared destinations of vessels currently impacted by Suez Blockage. Data Via Marine Traffic

"The stern. moved to 102 metres from the shore", compared to its position four metres from the shore previously.

Crude oil prices fell after news the ship had been re-floated, with Brent crude down by $1 per barrel to $63.67.

The SCA statement said that the refloating process "will resume when water flow increases again from 11:30 local time.in order to completely refloat the vessel, so as to reposition it in the middle of the waterway".

Shoei Kisen, the ship's Japanese owner, told Nikkei that the ship was pulled by tugboats, as well as engaging the engine of the ship to add power.

Ship operators did not offer a timeline for the reopening of the crucial canal, which carries over 10% of global trade, including 7% of the world's oil. Over 19,000 ships passed through a year ago, according to canal authorities.

In an interview with Egypt's Extra News on Sunday, Osama Rabie, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, said Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al Sisi ordered preparations for lightening the ship's cargo.

It has roughly 20,000 containers on board including electricals, furniture and livestock.

The US Navy is sending a specialist team to help free the Ever Green from blocking the Suez Canal. "But that is a process that will take time".

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