Senin, 29 Maret 2021

Giant container ship Ever Given stuck in Suez Canal 'partially re-floated' - ABC News

A canal services firm says salvage teams have "partially re-floated" the colossal container ship Ever Given, which remains wedged across the Suez Canal.

Leth Agencies said the partial freeing of the vessel came after intensive efforts to push and pull the vessel with 10 tugboats when the full moon brought spring tide, raising the canal's water level — and hopes for a breakthrough.

However, Satellite data from showed the ship in the same position, surrounded by a squadron of tugs with its bulbous bow stuck in the canal's eastern bank.

The firm said it was awaiting confirmation of the re-floating from the Suez Canal Authority. 

They did not provide further details about when the vessel would be set free. 

A top pilot with the canal authority, speaking on condition of anonymity as he wasn't authorised to brief journalists, confirmed that the ship had been partially re-floated and said that workers were still struggling to dislodge the bow. 

Lieutenant General Osama Rabei, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, said workers continued "pulling manoeuvres" to re-float the vessel early Monday. 

Overnight, several dredgers had toiled to vacuum up 27,000 cubic meters of sand and mud around the ship.

Another powerful tugboat, Carlo Magno, was racing to the scene to join the efforts. 

Although the vessel is vulnerable to damage in its current position, Shoei Kisen Kaisha, the company that owns the Ever Given, dismissed concerns, saying that the ship's engine was functional and it could pursue its trip normally when freed. 

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The Ever Given has been stranded across one of the world’s busiest waterways for six days.

A video posted on Facebook on Monday appeared to show the stern of the container ship swung towards the canal bank, opening space in the channel.

The video showed tug boats moving around the Ever Given container ship and voices could be heard shouting in celebration.

The Ever Given has been stranded across one of the world’s busiest waterways for six days and has held up billions in global trade each day, bringing disruption to the vital waterway.

Already, hundreds of vessels remained trapped in the canal waiting to pass, carrying everything from crude oil to cattle.


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