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The ship is no longer stuck, but it will take days to clear ships waiting to enter the canal
How the operation unfolded
Salvage crews relied on powerful tugboats, large-capacity dredgers and high tides to pull the stranded container ship Ever Given from the banks of the Suez Canal on Monday.
Six days after wedging itself sideways into a single-lane section of the canal, the 220,000-ton ship was freed by around-the-clock digging and tugs that pushed and pulled it into the center of the waterway.
Workers removed 30,000 cubic meters of sand, enough to fill about a dozen Olympic-sized swimming pools, USA TODAY reported Monday.
The ship is as long as a skyscraper is tall.
At 1,312 feet, it is comparable to the Empire State Building, which is 1,454 feet tall, including its spire and antenna.
Here it is compared with Manhattan’s Central Park:
The Suez Canal Authority said canal traffic would resume by evening.
It’s not known how long it will take to clear the backlog of more than 300 ships waiting to enter the canal.
A canal official said it would take three days while data company Refinitiv estimated it could be 10 days or more.
The disruption costs the canal as much as $15 billion per day, according to Suez Canal Authority chairman Osama Rabie, the BBC reported.
The ship’s stern was freed first Sunday, and the bow was removed from the canal bank Monday.
The canal authority said the ship “came out intact and it has no problems.”
As conventional earthmoving equipment worked on shore, tugboats and dredgers were busy in the water.
Dredgers are ships equipped with machines to remove underwater sand and sediment.
Material can be lifted to the surface with bucket-like devices or vacuumed up by hydraulic pumps.
Two dredgers played an important role in refloating the container ship: the 10th of Ramadan and the Mashhour, both owned by the Suez Canal Authority.
The Mashhour is reported to be the largest and most powerful cutter suction dredger in the world.
It was used to widen and deepen sections of the Suez Canal in previous operations.
Tugboats are powerful, specialized craft that essentially help ships “park” in ports and assist larger ships in moving in and out of berths.
They can push or rotate ships by direct contact or pull them with heavy cables called tow lines.
Large ships, such as the Ever Given, have reinforced hull areas designed for tugboat pushing.
Tugboats are used in ports because large ships can’t precisely maneuver in tight spots at low speeds.
They can guide ships safely through narrow passages.
About 14 tugboats of varying sizes were used to free the Ever Given, the BBC reported.
Salvagers were aided by a full moon and high tides within the canal.
The full moon offers spring tides, or king tides, which are higher and lower than average, The Associated Press reported.
Gravity has a greater effect on tides during the straight-line alignment of the Earth, the moon and the sun.
The spring high tides added a few inches of water inside the canal, making removal easier.
Charlotte Cook, head trade analyst at Vessels Value, said there were more than 300 ships waiting in and around the Suez Canal.
“This means that despite a successful operation to move the grounded vessel, we could still be looking at a possible five- to seven-day wait for the buildup to clear,” she said.
Data from Vessels Value shows 130 vessels en route to the canal, including 18 with an ETA on or before March 30, 26 vessels before March 31 and 44 arriving before April 1.
CONTRIBUTING: Janie Haseman, Mitchell Thorson, John Bacon, Karina Zaiets, Dian Zhang, Brenna Smith, Jim Sergent and Javier Zarracina
SOURCE USA TODAY Network reporting and research; The Associated Press; Marine Insight, MarineTraffic, VesselsValue
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SUEZ, Egypt (AP) – Salvage teams on Monday set free a colossal container
SUEZ, Egypt (AP) – Salvage teams on Monday set free a colossal container ship that has halted global trade through the Suez Canal, bringing an end to a crisis that for nearly a week had clogged one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries.
Helped by the peak of high tide, a flotilla of tugboats managed to wrench the bulbous bow of the skyscraper-sized Ever Given from the canal’s sandy bank, where it had been firmly lodged since last Tuesday.
After hauling the fully laden 220,000-ton vessel over the canal bank, the salvage team was pulling the vessel toward the Great Bitter Lake, a wide stretch of water halfway between the north and south end of the canal, where the ship will undergo technical inspection, canal authorities said.
Satellite data from MarineTraffic.com confirmed that the ship was moving away from the shoreline toward the center of the artery.
Video released by the Suez Canal Authority showed the Ever Given being escorted by the tugboats that helped free it, each sounding off their horns in jubilation after nearly a week of chaos.
“We pulled it off!” said Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, the salvage firm hired to extract the Ever Given, in a statement.
“I am excited to announce that our team of experts, working in close collaboration with the Suez Canal Authority, successfully refloated the Ever Given … thereby making free passage through the Suez Canal possible again.”
The obstruction has created a massive traffic jam in the vital passage, holding up $9 billion each day in global trade and straining supply chains already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.
It remained unclear when traffic through the canal would return to normal.
At least 367 vessels, carrying everything from crude oil to cattle, have piled up on either end of the canal, waiting to pass.
Data firm Refinitiv estimated it could take more than 10 days to clear the backlog of ships.
Meanwhile, dozens of vessels have opted for the alternate route around the Cape of Good Hope at Africa’s southern tip — a
3,100-mile detour that adds some two weeks to journeys and costs ships hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel and other costs.
The freeing of the vessel came after dredgers vacuumed up sand and mud from the vessel’s bow and 10 tugboats pushed and pulled the vessel for five days, managing to partially refloat it at dawn.
It wasn’t clear whether the Ever Given, a Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned ship hauling goods from Asia to Europe, would continue to its original destination of Rotterdam or if it would need to enter another port for repairs.
Ship operators did not offer a timeline for the reopening of the crucial canal, which carries over 10% of global trade, including 7% of the world’s oil.
Over 19,000 ships passed through last year, according to canal authorities.
Millions of barrels of oil and liquified natural gas flow through the artery from the Persian Gulf to Europe and North America.
Goods made in China — furniture, clothes, supermarket basics — bound for Europe also must go through the canal, or else take the detour around Africa.
The unprecedented shutdown had threatened to disrupt oil and gas shipments to Europe from the Middle East and raised fears of extended delays, goods shortages and rising costs for consumers.
The salvage operation successfully relied on tugs and dredgers alone, allowing authorities to avoid the far more complex and lengthy task of lightening the vessel by offloading its 20,000 containers.
– March 29, 2021
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