14 tug boats working from all directions to salvage large ship blocking the canal
At least 321 vessels are currently jammed around Egypt’s Suez Canal as efforts are underway to refloat a giant cargo ship that has run aground and disrupted traffic on one of the world’s busiest trade routes, according to a top official.
“The number of ships waiting now, whether, in the north, the south, or in the lakes is 321. We provide them with all the logistic services they ask for,” Xinhua news agency quoted Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), as saying to reporters on Saturday.
“It’s difficult to tell when the problem will be solved, because, as I said, the ship is huge with a large load and it is stuck in a shallow area,” he said.
He pointed out that 14 tug boats are working to salvage the Panamaflagged ship, Ever Green, from all directions.
The 224,000-ton Panama-flagged Ever Green was grounded on Tuesday in the canal after losing the ability to steer amid high winds and a sandstorm, which led the SCA to announce on Thursday the temporary suspension of navigation in the man-made waterway.