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a giant freighter blocks the equivalent of eight billion euros of goods every day


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In the Suez Canal (Egypt), a 220,000 tonne container ship was blown out of its way by a gust of wind. It blocks access to the Canal, and world trade comes to a standstill.

How to unblock the giant container ship that is paralyzing the Suez Canal? To loosen it, you have to suck up tons of sand. An attempt failed on the evening of Friday March 26. The company commissioned for the refloating evokes days, even weeks of work. “There are currently three dredge boats, which are trying to clear the sand under the keel of the ship, this is where it hits the bottom“says Ranjith Raja of the Refinitive company.

200 container ships full of goods are waiting their turn to take the Canal. The freighter blocks the equivalent of eight billion euros of goods every day. The ships are immobilized in Port-Saïd in the Mediterranean, in Port Suez on the Red Sea or in the Amer lake, in the middle of the Canal. 10% of world trade passes through this sea route: oil, but above all goods. One of the solutions would be for shipowners to divert their stranded boats and have them transit through the Cape of Bonne-Esperance, in southern Africa. The journey, much longer, would entail an additional cost of 15 to 20%.



Source site www.francetvinfo.fr

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