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A race against time to float the delinquent ship in the Suez Canal – Politics – News

The Egyptian authorities are running a race against time to float the huge delinquent container carrier in the Suez Canal, which disrupts the navigation traffic in the international waterway for the sixth consecutive day, with all the huge economic losses that this causes.

And on Sunday, a statement from the Suez Canal Authority stated that “dredging works are carried out during the day, and tugging maneuvers are carried out at times appropriate to tidal conditions to float the container ship (MV Evergiven), which is longer than four soccer fields, and run aground. The passage in the course of the Suez Canal since last Tuesday morning, what disrupted navigation in both directions in the very important waterway.

The statement indicated that so far, 27 thousand cubic meters of sand have been dredged at a depth of 18 meters, taking into account the occurrence of landslides from the bottom of the ship.

The authority is currently working only with the Dutch company, “Smit Salvage”, which specializes in rescue operations for stricken ships, but it has received offers of assistance that it is currently studying from several countries.

Smit Salvage previously announced that by Sunday two additional locomotives would arrive at the canal for assistance.

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Marine Traffic and Wessel Finder reported that the “Carlo Magno” locomotive flying the Italian flag and the “Alp Gard” tug flying the Dutch flag were sailing in the Red Sea on their way to the Suez Canal.

It is also scheduled, according to a statement by the Canal Authority, on Sunday, to involve two new locomotives with a tensile strength of 70 tons in tensile maneuvers after they arrived at the accident site.

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