Wednesday 24 March 2021
Suez – Hossam El Din Ahmed:
Lieutenant General Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, said today, Wednesday, that the rescue units and 8 locomotives from the authority are continuing their efforts to rescue and float the giant Panamanian container ship EVER GIVEN, which ran aground at the 151 km of the canal numbering, while it was crossing the Suez Canal within the southern convoy on its next trip from China and bound for Rotterdam .
This came in a statement issued by the Suez Canal Authority this morning, as part of the follow-up of rescue work and procedures for floating the ship from the site of the accident.
The head of the authority sent a message of reassurance regarding the navigation movement in the canal and its regularity again through the course of the original canal, stressing that the Suez Canal spares no effort to ensure the regularity of navigation and service of global trade traffic.
According to the statement, the accident occurred on Tuesday morning, due to the lack of horizontal visibility resulting from bad weather conditions due to the country’s passing through a dust storm, as the wind speed reached 40 knots, which led to the loss of the ability to steer the ship and its strand.
Immediately after the accident, the Authority formed a Crisis Management Committee under the leadership of the Authority’s Chairman, and the current rescue operations are carried out through the Authority’s Movements Department with 8 locomotives, most notably the Baraka 1 with a tensile strength of 160 tons. .
It is noteworthy that the Panamanian container ship EVER GIVEN follows the EVER GREEN shipping line, and the vessel is 400 meters long, 59 meters wide, and has a total tonnage of 224 thousand tons.