Wednesday 24 March 2021
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The Suez Canal Authority continues its efforts to float the Panamanian container ship EVER GIVEN, which weighs 199.489 tons, and drifted at 151 km from the Suez Canal since yesterday evening, which led to the blocking of the waterway.
According to marinetraffic, the Panamanian ship ran aground at 14:19 pm GMT yesterday, that is, at 4:19 pm yesterday, and it was not immediately clear why Ever Given deviated in the channel.
How did the ship run aground?
Evergreen Marine Corp., a major Taiwan-based shipping company that operates the vessel, said in a statement published by the Associated Press that strong winds overcame the Evergreen Marine Corp as it entered the Suez Canal from the Red Sea without causing damage to the cargo. This was confirmed by Lieutenant General Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, in a press release today, Wednesday.
Rabie said that the cause of the Panamanian ship’s stranding is 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 its ability to steer.
Satellite images and tracking of marine vessels revealed the delinquency of the ship “Ever Giffen” with the channel numbering 151 km, while it was crossing the Suez Canal within the southern convoy on its journey coming from China and bound for Rotterdam.
You can see the delinquent ship instantly on the map:
The bow of the ship submerged under the sand on one side of the pass. A photo posted on Instagram by a person on another cargo ship shows Ever Given parked across the aisle as a rig tries to free the ship’s bow from under the sand.
8 tugs to free the ship
The Suez Canal Authority revealed that 8 of its locomotives are currently working on liberating the loaded vessel, which is 400 meters in length, but bad weather conditions, a dust storm, lack of horizontal visibility and the size of the ship impede the operation. To re-float the ship.
The GAC clarified that there are 15 vessels waiting at the berths due to the suspension of their transit in the canal, and there is currently no indication when the canal will be empty and will be able to resume transit.
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.
According to www.vesselfinder.com’s real-time tracking map, the Panamanian ship is still in place, while 8 locomotives belonging to the canal, most notably the locomotive Baraka 1, are trying with a tensile strength of 160 tons, and Long Live Egypt 1 and 2 re-float and remove the bow of the ship from its place.
The tracking maps also show constant congestion of ships waiting in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, and in the canal itself.