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Lieutenant-General Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, expressed his happiness at the delinquent ship floating in the canal, and thanked President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi for his keenness to constantly monitor the crisis, saying, “The president told me the reputation of Egypt is in your neck, you and the men of the Suez Canal, and these words were the motivation. And the engine for us ».
The head of the Suez Canal Authority said during a telephone conversation with the journalist Ahmed Moussa, on the program “On My Responsibility” on the Echo Al-Balad channel, “The most difficult moments we faced during the crisis were at the moment of the accident, and today after the announcement of 80% of the ship moving”, commenting, “The most difficult situation in My entire life ».
He continued: “The president did not sleep, and I informed him at five oclock today that 80% of the delinquent ship had floated.”
He explained that the authority directed 5 locomotives on the day of the accident, then the number increased to 12 on the third day, in addition to the arrival of two locomotives from the Netherlands and Italy, stressing that the process of floating the ship without unloading the campaign is the first of its kind in the world.
He added, “President Al-Sisi directed that all necessary tools be provided for all scenarios, and we contracted for all the needs of the third scenario, but thank God we did not need it,” adding, “If this boat was anywhere in the world, the floatation process would have taken 3 months.”
He pointed out that waiting for about 385 ships in the Suez Canal is the best response to those skeptics about the canal’s capabilities, pointing out that a convoy of ships waiting moved at 6 p.m. today, with all the remaining ships crossing within 3 days.
He pointed out that approximately 113 ships are scheduled to cross until tomorrow, Tuesday, adding, “We felt responsible during the crisis, and work continued over the past six days. We succeeded in solving the crisis with Egyptian hands, and we have lessons learned from the crisis.”
He pointed out that two new locomotives, which had previously been launched in Port Said, participated for the first time in the floatation process, pointing out that the size of the losses ranges between 12 and 15 million dollars per day.
He explained that it is scheduled to start the inspection process for the ship after its arrival in the Lakes region.
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