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Stranding the gigantic ship in the Suez Canal, an extremely complicated operation that could last “days or even weeks”


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The “Ever Given”, a ship of more than 220,000 tons bound for Rotterdam from Asia, I ran aground between Tuesday night and Wednesday night and was traversed blocked in the southern section of the Suez Canal.

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Navigation in the Suez Canal is still blocked amid the extremely complicated operation to unload the gigantic container ship that has blocked traffic on this key trade route between Europe and Asia since Wednesday.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA, Egyptian) announced that maritime traffic was “temporarily suspended” until the “Ever Given”, the 400-meter-long vessel blocking the track, is unblocked. The Dutch company Smit Salvage, which the company that operates the ship, Evergreen Marine Corp, based in Taiwan, instructed to unblock the ship, warned that the operation could take “days or even weeks”. However, Mohab Mamish, adviser to President Abdel Fatah al Sisi on port matters, later tried to send a reassuring message to AFP, assuring that the navigation will resume “in 48 or 72 hours maximum”.

“I have experience in various salvage operations of this type and, as a former president of the Suez Canal Authority, I know every inch of the canal,” added Mamish, who oversaw the recent expansion of this highly frequented sea lane.

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The ‘Ever Given’, of more than 220,000, after being stranded in the southern section blocking the passage.AP
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Evergreen appointed teams of experts from the Dutch company Smit Salvage and the Japanese company Nippon Salvage, to implement “a more effective plan” to salvage the ship. “It’s really a very heavy whale on the beach, so to speak.”said Peter Berdowski, CEO of Royal Boskalis.

According to an evolutionary map from the Vesselfinder site, dozens of ships wait at both ends of the canal and in the waiting area located in the middle of the canal. Faced with the uncertainty, the German group specialized in maritime logistics Hapag-Lloyd, several of whose ships were affected, informed its clients on Thursday that it was studying “possible diversions of ships towards the Cape of Good Hope”, which would imply a I detour several thousand kilometers around the African continent.

For his part, Dan Maersk, the world’s largest owner, examines “all possible alternatives”, as explained by a spokeswoman, who specified that “39 Maersk containers and two partner ships” awaited the reopening of the road.

Impact on the price of oil

The incident, which occurred on the night from Tuesday to Wednesday, is causing significant delays in the deliveries of oil and other commercial products and a rise in the price of crude oil. If the situation continues for days, the impact will be greater and more lasting, according to Bjornar Tonhaugen, from the Rystad cabinet.

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A crane works on the operation to unload the ship Ever Given.AP

“We’ve never seen anything like this before, but congestion … will likely take several days or weeks to re-absorb as it will have a knock-on effect on other convoys, schedules and world markets,” Ranjith estimates. Raja, who is responsible for research on Middle East oil and the sea at financial data aggregator Refinitiv.

The “Ever Given”, a ship of more than 220,000 tons bound for Rotterdam from Asia, I ran aground between Tuesday night and Wednesday night and was traversed blocked in the southern section of the Suez Canal. Experts blame the strong winds for the incident that affected this 60-meter-high ship.

The SCA also talks about a sandstorm, a common phenomenon in Egypt at this time of year, which reduced visibility and caused the ship to drift.

“Extreme difficulty”

According to Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), the Singapore-based company that handles the technical management of the ship, the 25 crew members are safe. There is no contamination or damage to the cargo of the ship, with a capacity for more than 20,000 containers.

The Japanese company Shoei Kisen Kaisha, owner of the gigantic ship, admitted Thursday that they are facing enormous difficulties to get the ship afloat. “In cooperation with local authorities and the Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement company we are trying to unravel it, but we are facing extreme difficulty,” Shoei Kisen Kaisha said in a statement, offering “sincere apologies” for the traffic delays.

Maritime link between Europe and Asia, this route of navigation passes 10% of international trade. This route allowed the navos they did not have to go around the African continent (for example 6,000 km less between Singapore and Rotterdam), but it has also suffered the consequences of several wars and years of inactivity.

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