Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi has instructed the country’s channel authority to prepare for unloading containers from the container ship Ever Given, which was stranded last Tuesday in the Suez Canal. Chairman Osama Rabie of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced this on Sunday.
With the unloading of the cargo, the 224,000-ton ship must become lighter, so that attempts to detach the 400-meter-long colossus are more effective. In the meantime, the dredging activities around the container ship are continuing. In the meantime, 27,000 cubic meters of land would have been moved, according to the SCA.
With the help of tugboats, the enormous ship could be set in motion and the ship’s propellers were cleared from the mud in the Suez Canal by dredgers.
The dredging work will continue on Sunday afternoon. After that, an attempt is made to pull the ship free again, with the help of more tugs. Eleven tugs are now working on the ship and the Dutch SMIT Salvage, part of maritime service provider and dredger Boskalis, will arrive on Sunday with two more heavier tugs to refloat the Ever Given. They are expected to be deployed on Sunday evening.
The congestion has created a huge queue of waiting ships on both sides of the Suez Canal. According to the Suez Canal Authority, there are now more than 320 vessels waiting, such as container ships and oil tankers.
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