New satellite images showed attempts to float the 400-meter ship after it ran aground in a sector south of the canal in heavy winds last Tuesday, disrupting global shipping operations after the closure of one of the busiest sea lanes in the world, it seems that a human error was committed And he caused that crisis.
Bloomberg reported that moments before her delinquency, Evergiven was traveling faster than the Suez Canal Authority’s limit.
Its last speed was 13.5 knots 12 minutes before it stopped, while the maximum speed allowed across the canal was between 7.6 and 8.6 knots, according to Bloomberg.
The Japan Times also reported that the ship was traveling at 13.5 knots.
For his part, Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, announced yesterday, Saturday, that efforts to remove the huge ship are continuing, but it is still not clear when it will be resurfaced.
He also added that the water began to run under the ship. He expressed his hope that it would not be necessary to take out some 18,300 containers from the ship to reduce its cargo, but the force of the wind makes it more difficult to re-float.
He told reporters, “The stern of the ship started moving towards Suez, which was positive until 11 pm (2100 GMT), but a very large root took place and we stopped.”
While two sources in the authority explained to Reuters that dredging around the ship, pushing it and pulling it with tugboats, made limited progress in moving it yesterday, as its bow moved slightly.
During the past few days, dredgers lifted about 20 thousand tons of sand from around the bow of the ship.
While a Dutch company working to float the ship announced that it could be released within the next few days if it would involve heavy locomotives and ongoing operations to sweep sand around its bow and a high tide that would displace it from its place.
It is noteworthy that about 15 percent of global shipping traffic passes through the canal, and hundreds of ships are waiting for passage once its closure ends.
During the past days, the freight rates of oil product tankers nearly doubled after the ship stranded and following the closure of the channel on global supply chains, threatening to create costly delays for companies already suffering due to the restrictions of Covid-19.
And if the canal continues to be closed for a long time, shipping companies may decide to change the route of the ships to orbit around the Cape of Good Hope, which adds two weeks to the voyages in addition to more fuel costs.
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