Amid despairing times for global trade, a major breakthrough has been achieved in the Suez Canal blockade saga. The rescue and salvage teams engaged in refloating the ill-fated MV Ever Given have been successful.
The mega containership that has been wedged in the Suez Canal since Tuesday, was partially refloated, revealed a video posted on social media today. Mohammed Soliman, a senior associate, and scholar tweeted, “The Ever Given Vessel re-floated and has restarted its engines.”
The video showed that the stern of MV Ever Given swung towards the canal bank, opening space in the channel. Inchcape Shipping, a leading marine services provider also confirmed this crucial development.
“The MV Ever Given was successfully re-floated at 04:30 lt 29/03/2021. She is being secured at the moment. More information about next steps will follow once they are known,” Inchcape Shipping Tweeted.
The Ever Given was stuck at the southern section of the canal reporetedly due to high winds early on Tuesday. The blocakde halted maritime traffic and trade on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
According to the Suez Canal Authority, at least 369 vessels were waiting to transit the canal, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels.
Earlier today, Evergreen Marine, the Taiwanese firm that operates the ship, said, the refloating operation has been postponed to approximately 02:00 – 03:00 local time in Egypt (08:00 – 09:00 Taipei time) on 29th March.
“Although the rescue team had originally been scheduled to resume attempts to refloat EVER GIVEN at 14:00 local time in Egypt (20:00 Taipei time), after their site assessment the decision was made to delay that operation while more tugboats are summoned to join the effort,” Evergreen Marine stated.
Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, had stated earlier that the efforts made to remove the huge container ship allowed the return of the ship’s propeller and rudder movement. Dredgers had raised about 20,000 tons of sand from around the bow of the ship by Friday.
Sea News Feature, March 29