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Egyptian President “Prepare For All Scenarios” To Refloat Megaship

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

Update (1230ET): As of Sunday, there’s still no timeline given by the Suez Canal authorities about refloating the giant container ship stuck in the southern section of the canal.

Egypt Today Magazine asks this question: “When will Suez Canal Authority start offloading containers from EVER GIVEN Vessel?” 

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Update (0947ET): Cairo bureau chief for the NYTimes, Vivian Yee, reports, “Suez Canal service provider ( @AgenciesLeth ) just said the next attempt to tug the ship out has been postponed from now until tonight’s high tide.”

Yee added: “…which makes sense, as the tide is currently so low people are walking in the middle of the Gulf of Suez.”

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Suez Canal salvage teams have allowed Ever Given’s stern and rudder to move on Saturday night, but it remains unclear when the massive containership will be refloated.

Reuters reports salvage teams were “alternating between dredging and tugging on Sunday to dislodge a massive container ship blocking the busy waterway, while two sources said efforts had been complicated by rock under the ship’s bow.”

Egyptian President "Prepare For All Scenarios" To Refloat Megaship

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) released a statement that said the vessel had shifted 27,000 cubic meters of sand around the vessel’s front hull. The ship remains wedged diagonally across a southern section of the canal, blocking one of the world’s most important shipping lanes.

On Saturday night, tugboats were able to shift the vessel 17 meters to the north. In celebration, tugboats sounded their foghorns.

On Sunday, Suez Canal Chief Lieutenant General Osama Rabei held a press conference in Port Said governorate to announce the latest developments.

Rabei said since the vessel ran aground on Mar. 23, over 321 ships are waiting to transit the canal.

Refinitiv marine traffic data shows the massive logjam.

Egyptian President "Prepare For All Scenarios" To Refloat Megaship

Aerial photos show the impressive buildup of ships waiting to transit the canal.

Egyptian President "Prepare For All Scenarios" To Refloat Megaship

Egyptian President "Prepare For All Scenarios" To Refloat Megaship

More aerial footage shows the parking lot of vessels. Global supply chains coming to a halt

Reiterating what Rabei said Saturday, he continued to say, “sand storm and the bad weather could not be the main cause of the incident, adding that a human or technical error could be the reason, but there will be an investigation.”

Egypt Today Magazine reports Sunday that two massive tugboats arrived at the incident area to support the more than a dozen tugboats working to dislodge the container ship.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi told SAC to be prepared for “plan C” of offloading the containers from the stranded vessel.

Egyptian President "Prepare For All Scenarios" To Refloat Megaship

The internet wins again…

Egyptian President "Prepare For All Scenarios" To Refloat Megaship

And the worst-case scenario might play out if the ongoing dredging to refloat the ship assisted with tugboats and high tide doesn’t work, that is, as explained by the chairman, the possibility of lightening the vessel’s load. He hoped the salvage team wouldn’t have to come to that because, as JPMorgan’s Marko Kolanovic told clients Friday, unloading the ship could result in a “ship breaking.” 

As Kolanovic puts it, “another interesting development of this week was the blocking of the Suez Canal. While we believe and hope the situation will get resolved shortly, there are some risks of the ship breaking.”

While there have been positive signs with the vessel slightly moving this weekend, refloating attempts have yet to work. SCA sources told Reuters that rock structures had been found at the ship’s bow, complicating salvage efforts.

As the blockage nears one week, shippers have rerouted vessels around the Cape of Good Hope, adding more than ten extra days to their journeys and extra fuel and labor costs.


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Gotta keep up to date SF, the ship has been already refloated. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-56559904

Potato Man

SF, you guys might need to change it,

Giant container ship stuck in Suez Canal FREED after blocking vital waterway for nearly a week (VIDEO)


Mustafa Mehmet

Partly. not free yet


you are wrong, see all the tweets in the link-article

Jihadi Colin

It’s all Russia’s fault! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/349e3823ff78d845d5d38e1c929351ecdb950b5afe120d4ffbb795372cfa0f5e.jpg


I would rather suspect Wall Street banks and speculating = gambling on the market … Lots of money to be earned for those who know in advance what is going to happen…

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