Cairo – Maritime traffic through the Suez Canal remained blocked for the fourth day in a row on Friday, with dozens of ships stranded at both north and south entrances for the shortest route between Asia and Africa. Efforts, Stuck on the side of the narrow canal since Tuesday, picking up, and when a team in charge of operations said it could take weeks, when an adviser to the Egyptian president gave a more optimistic time table.
Navigation from the canal will resume in ume 48-72 hours, maximum, Mohab Mumish, an adviser to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and former chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, told AFP on Thursday. ”
Mumish cited his “experience of many such rescue operations” and said he “knows every centimeter of the canal.”
The SCAA announced earlier this week that all navigation through the canal would be “temporarily suspended” until the Hulking given the Panamanian flagship container ship MV Ever.
SCAA on Thursday called on Dutch salvage firm SMIT. After meeting with said that is helping to move the operation forward, that about 19,600-26,000 cubic yards of sand had to be moved, reaching a depth of 40 to 50 feet along the banks of the canal, to make it a lodge. The ship
On Wednesday, the SCAA allowed 13 ships to enter from the Mediterranean, at the northern end of the boat, in the hope that the Ever given would quickly close and other cargo ships would be able to continue their voyage. But those ships made it just a lake in the middle of the canal, and they couldn’t go anywhere fast.
Egypt is using at least eight large tugboats and excavation equipment along the canal, but so far all attempts to replot the nearly one-mile-long, 247,000-ton container ship have failed.
The SCAA said Thursday that an “alternative scenario” is being adopted, with ships entering the canal from the north on Wednesday “anchored in the Bitter Lakes waiting area, until navigation is fully resumed.”
Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp, which operates the ship on lease on behalf of a Japanese company it owns, hired Dutch company Smith Selvage and Japan’s Nippon Salvage to work with the ship’s captain and the Suez Canal Authority on how to come back. -Flot.
Peter Berdowski, CEO of Bosklis, a Dutch company owned by Smit Selvaj, said on Thursday that it was too early to decide how long the job would take.
“We can’t rule out the possibility that it could take weeks, depending on the situation,” Berdowski told the Dutch television program “Nieuwsuer,” according to Reuters. Shipping sources told Reuters that if the delays continued, the ships could likely resume moving around the southern part of Africa, adding thousands of miles and about a week to travel.
Shoi Kisen, a Japanese company owned by Ever Giwed, told the Associated Press that it was cooperating with local authorities, but that “operations are extremely difficult.”
“We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused to ships traveling to or from the Suez Canal and to all concerned,” the company said.
According to Reuters, about 0% of the world’s shipping container goods typically pass through the Suez Canal every day – a journey of about six hours – about 12% of the total goods traded globally, according to Reuters.
The news agency quoted industry consultant Kipler as saying that while the canal is the world’s total product. products% facilitates the transport of oil products, prolonged disruptions could affect supplies to Asia and Europe, and the impact on global oil prices appeared inevitable. .
In the meantime, the incident – and in particular the fact that global trade has been disrupted despite a very large ship, and an attempt to update the lone excavator’s photos of the ship’s hull – inspired memes’ wealth on social media. Was. . CBS’s own “sweetheart” Stephen Colbert also donned a captain’s hat to cover up the maritime tragedy on Wednesday evening’s show.
As entertainment continues online, stress levels will continue to rise for both shipowners, who have to pay the bill for rescue operations, and the Egyptian canal authority, which was already suffering from declining revenue due to the Kovid epidemic. .