The giant ship “Ever Given” which deviated from its route on Tuesday night (March 23) due to sandstorms and bad weather conditions and blocked the passage of ships through the Suez Canal on both sides, has started to move.
A giant container ship the length of four football pitches has become wedged across Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocking one of the world’s busiest trade routes.
Dozens of vessels are stuck, waiting for rescue boats to free the 400m-long (1,312ft) ship, which was knocked off course by strong winds.
Egypt has reopened the canal’s older channel to divert some traffic until the grounded ship can move again.
The container ship Ever Given, owned by the Japanese company Shoei Kisen and operated by the Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine, sank a week ago at 151 km of the Suez Canal en route from China to Rotterdam. The length of this ship is 400 meters, its width is 59 meters and it’s carrying capacity is about 224 thousand tons.
The BBC announced in breaking news a few minutes ago that the giant container ship has started moving.
The blockade of the Suez Canal, through which about 10 percent of the world’s oil and oil products pass, led to a 7.5 percent rise in oil prices following the sinking of the ship.
“The ship came out intact and it has no problems. We’ve just searched the bottom and soil of the Suez Canal and thankfully it is sound and has no issues, and ships will pass through it today,”
The Suez Canal is one of the most important and busiest routes for ships and tankers in the world. This canal reduces the sea route between Asia and Europe by up to 15 days and also reduces the risks of sea voyages.
Due to this advantage, about 50 ships and tankers pass through this canal daily. The closure of the canal has cost the global economy $ 9.6 billion a day.
The container ship blocked the route in the narrowest part of the canal, and other ships and tankers were unable to cross in either the north or south directions.
The Pentagon on Monday morning expressed concern about the closure of the Suez Canal, saying the blockade would affect shipping, military ships, and military vessels.
A source on the Suez Canal board told that due to the dense sand and mud in the vicinity of the arch (the front of the hull), the ship would have to wait until the ship’s exit was complete as the water level rose.
“The deviated ship has returned to normal,” Reuters reported in breaking news.
“According to a video posted on social media on Monday, the rear of the ship, which turned towards the canal, apparently opened its space,” the BBC wrote in its new supplement. Inch cape Marine Services also reported that the ship had been rescued.
According to the British media, the officials of the Suez Canal were ready on Sunday to empty about 20,000 containers on the ship to reduce its load.
Experts had previously told the BBC that the release of the ship would require special equipment, including a crane more than 60 meters (200 feet) high, and would take.
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