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A new attempt to re-float Ever Given and unblock the Suez Canal fails


The full moon and high tide were expected to help derail the ship from the Suez Canal, where 300 ships are still trapped.

The ship Ever Given, run aground in the Suez Canal.
AHMED HASAN AFP

A new attempt to refloat the container ship Ever Given and thus unlock the Suez Canal You fail on the night from Saturday to Sunday, when the full moon and high tide were expected to lead to the success of the operation, reported this Sunday one of the companies operating in this maritime passage.

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“Unfortunately, the state of the tide did not help to re-float the Ever Given tonight, “I wrote Leth Agencies, a company specialized in logistics services in different channels and straits of the world, in its account of Twitter.

That company added that Suez Canal Authority, which manages this Egyptian maritime route, to try again to unload the ship this Sunday with the help of tugboats and put the number of vessels waiting to cross the route at 326.

Some of the participants in the rescue operation on Saturday had expressed their confidence that last night was a “good time” to move the Ever Given, which has been blocking the channel since Tuesday morning, having run aground its bow on one of the banks, being traversed in the pass.

Since then attempts to refloat it have been unsuccessful despite the use of up to 14 tugs and dredgers and excavators to remove the sand around the bow of the ship. Ever Given, that was crossed in the channel due, according to the first investigations, to the strong winds and a sandstorm.

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The captain of one of the tugboats involved assured on Saturday that they had managed to move the bow of the ship about 17 meters in the north direction, towards where it was sailing when it collided with one of the banks.

Two more tugs

According to the cargo management company, the multinational Bernhard Schutle Shipmanagement (BSM), It is expected that this Sunday another two tugs will be incorporated.

For its part, the shipping company Maersk, the main one that operates in the Suez Canal, pointed out that, once the passage is cleared, it will take between three and six days to undo the great traffic jam that has been generated in this Red Sea with the Mediterranean and that is the shortest sea route between Asia and Europe.

Some vessels are already diverting their route to the Cape of New Hope to bypass fear, despite the fact that this route involves several extra days of navigation.

With a capacity for 224,000 tons of cargo, the 400-meter-long container ship of the Taiwanese company Evergreen and the Panamanian flag cover the entire width of the canal, blocking the passage through this channel through which 10% of the world trade and 25% of the containers of merchandise pass.

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