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Wed, 24 Mar 2021 07:00:00 +0000
A giant container ship that is this morning still blocking the Suez Canal will likely cause delays in oil and gas shipments
The MV Ever Given is unable to turn
A giant container ship that is this morning still blocking the Suez Canal will likely cause delays in oil and gas shipments.
The MV Ever Given is unable to turn around despite several refloating attempts.
Traffic along the waterway in Egypt is blocked in both directions by the 59m-wide Ever Given cargo ship.
Ever Given, built in 2018 and currently sailing under the flag of Panama, is en route to the port of Rotterdam from the Yantian district in China.
It has so far travelled through Taipei and Malaysia, and was set to arrive in the Netherlands port on 31 March, but has been lodged in the Suez Canal since Tuesday morning.
Shiptracking data on Refinitiv Eikon showed seven tug boats coming to the aid of the Rotterdam-bound vessel named Ever Given, which appeared in tracking maps to still be grounded.
It was not immediately clear how soon the vessel would be free.
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Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), technical manager for Ever Given, said the incident occurred at about 05:40 GMT on Tuesday.
BSM, which handles the ship’s crew and technical issues, said all the crew are safe and accounted for and that there have been no reports of injuries or pollution.
BSM has notified the authorities and “interested parties” but said it could not confirm who is the owner of the ship.
“All parties are currently investigating the cause of the grounding and it would be incorrect to speculate on any one given cause at this time,” BSM said in an e-mail to Reuters.
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Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp, which is leasing the vessel under a time charter, said the shipowner has informed it that the ship “was suspected of being hit by a sudden strong wind, causing the hull to deviate from waterway and accidentally hit the bottom and run aground”
The Suez Canal, built in 1869 to connect the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, serves as the shortest maritime route from Europe to Asia.
Revenue dipped three per cent during the pandemic last year to $5.61bn, with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi vowing a major overhaul of the centuries-old shipping route.
The Egyptian government in 2015 completed an $8bn expansion of the canal aimed at slashing wait times and luring more ships.
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The Ever Given is blocking the southern end of the passage, causing a rapid build-up of vessels
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