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Attempt to refloat a stranded container ship in Suez Canal fails | NOW

Earlier on Friday it was not possible to refloat the stranded container ship in the Suez Canal. This is reported by the company responsible for the technical management of the ship, Bernard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM). An attempt will now be made to get the 400-meter-long container ship moving with dredging work and two additional tugs from the Dutch company SMIT Salvage.

The container ship ran aground last Tuesday, after which a huge traffic jam of container ships arose. World trade is in danger of being seriously disrupted as a result. The ship blocks nearly 10 billion dollars (more than 8 billion euros) in trade every day, according to estimates by shipping expert Lloyd’s List where BBC writes about.

Since Thursday, a dredger has been on location that can move around 2,000 cubic meters of soil. Five tugs are active around the container ship. With the ships of Boskalis subsidiary SMIT Salvage still underway, the total will soon be seven. The tugs are expected at the stranded container ship on Sunday.

In addition, preparations are being made to lower the water level in ballast tanks in the bow and stern of the container ship with special pumps, BSM writes. This should make the ship lighter and improve buoyancy.

Earlier on Friday, a Boskalis spokesperson was unable to say how long it will take to release the stranded container ship that is blocking the Suez Canal.

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BSM said on Friday that initial investigations show that the container ship has been in trouble due to strong winds. The Ever Given was on its way to the port of Rotterdam.

The longer the Suez Canal blockade continues, the greater the risk of economic problems such as empty shelves. “Retailers do not always have large stocks and some products are seasonal, such as garden furniture,” ING economist Rico Luman told on Wednesday. “Much of that comes from China and it will be difficult to fill the shelves if the ship stays there for a long time.”

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