Traffic Resumes at Suez Canal After Massive Ship is Freed
On Monday, the Ever Given, the massive container ship that was blocking the Suez Canal since Tuesday, was removed, according to CNBC.
The Ever Given is now reporting to a facility where it will be assessed for technical issues. The vessel is one of the largest in the world, weighing 220,000-tons and being able to carry 20,000 containers. The Suez Canal is a vital part of the already-stretched global trade capabilities amid the pandemic.
Estimates revealed that around $9 billion in goods pass through the canal daily. Nearly $50 billion in goods were delayed for the entire duration of the blockage, according to those estimates.
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, the technical manager of the ship, stated that Ever Given ran aground due to heavy winds. However, Suez Canal Authority Chairman Osama Rabie stated over the weekend that human error could have played a role.
When the ship ran aground, its rudder was cluttered with debris and dirt. To remove the debris and get the vessel refloated, 10 tugboats and specialized dredging equipment were required. In the end, more than 20,000 tons of sand and mud were removed.
“Today, the Egyptians have succeeded in ending the crisis of the delinquent ship in the Suez Canal despite the tremendous technical complexity that surrounded this process from every side,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said Monday.
More than 350 cargo ships are waiting on either side of the canal, according to estimates from Leth Agencies.