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Monday 29 March 2021

Suez Canal Blocking Resolved


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CAIRO (TASS) – The crisis situation with the Suez Canal blocking by the Ever Given container ship aground has been successfully resolved, President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi tweeted on Monday.

On March 23, the ship blocked the Suez canal due to strong wind and a sandstorm, which altered its course and got the ship stuck between the two shores of the canal.

The vessel was managed to be refloated early morning on Monday and brought to the clear way. The ship was moved using seventeen tugs. The vessel traffic will start after the container ship fully clears the passage over the canal. Canal authorities expect navigation will recover in 3½ days.

However, according to Wall Street Journal, Suez Canal Authority head Osama Rabie disclosed that the cargo ship was only partially refloated. Two tugboats currently straighten the ship’s course. “We are not finished yet, but it has moved”, Rabie said.

About 400 vessels are awaiting the passage through the Suez Canal by now.

The Ever Given cargo ship’s displacement is 220,000 tonnes. It is owned by Japan’s Shoei Kisen and operated by Evergreen Marine under the Panama flag.

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