The head of the “Choi Kisen Kaisha” company, which owns the huge container carrier, which has been stuck in the Suez Canal since Saturday, expressed his hope that the ship would float this evening (Saturday).
Yukito Higaki said, Friday, during a press conference reported by the Japanese press on Saturday, “We are in the process of removing sedimentation by using additional dredging tools,” expecting the release of the “Evergiven” ship this evening.
“The water does not seep into the ship. There is no problem with the rudders and propellers. After it floats, it is supposed to be able to sail,” Higaki said, speaking from Imabari in western Japan, according to what was quoted by the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
The company in charge of “salvaging” the ship had shown more caution, saying that it would take “days or even weeks” to resume navigation traffic in the canal through which 10% of international maritime trade passes, according to experts.
Attempts to liberate the huge ship stuck in the Suez Canal have continued since Tuesday, using heavy locomotives and bulldozers, while navigation remains suspended for the fifth day in a row in this waterway, which is so important to global maritime trade.
The container ship “MV Evergiven” drifted on Tuesday morning in the southern side of the canal, near the city of Suez. The vessel, which was on a journey from China to Rotterdam, is 400 meters long, 59 meters wide, and has a gross tonnage of 224,000 tons.
The Singapore-based Bernhard Schulte Shipmanship (BSM), which oversees the technical management of the ship, announced the failure of Friday’s attempt to float the container tanker, explaining that “two additional (Egyptian) ships weighing 220 and 240 tons” will arrive by Sunday to make a new attempt.
However, Lieutenant General Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, confirmed in a statement on Friday evening, “the continuation of the efforts” to float, announcing “the start of the towing maneuvers for the delinquent ship through nine giant tugs (…) after the end of the dredging work in the bow area.
The authority indicated in a statement on Friday morning that the dredging of sand surrounding the ship had been completed by “about 87%, with dredging rates approaching 17 thousand cubic meters of sand.”
The global shipping news and data company, Lloyd’s List, stated that more than 200 ships are waiting to cross the Suez Canal, which leads to severe delays in the deliveries of oil and other products, which was reflected in passing on crude prices on Wednesday. .
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