An Egyptian officials checking the operation trying to free the stuck cargo ship. AFP
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Shoei Kisen Kaisha, Japanese ship-leasing firm confirmed the ownership of the container vessel stuck in the Suez Canal and it is having “extreme difficulty” refloating it, according to its website.
The Panama-flagged ship is a 400-metre (1,300) long vessel. It swerved and got stuck in a sandstorm on Tuesday.
"We sincerely apologise for causing a great deal of worry to ships in the Suez Canal and those planning to go through the canal," the statement added.
Egyptian tug boats are trying to free the container vessel but the blockage has affected one of the world’s busiest maritime trade routes with a lot of ships waiting to move.
Toshiaki Fujiwara, an official at Shoei Kisen Kaisha, told AFP "we still don't know how long it will take" to refloat the ship.
The last 61 ships, out of 422 ships that were queuing when the vessel was dislodged on Monday, passed through the vital trade artery on Saturday, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said.
“The company has urged the shipowner to report the cause of the incident and has been in discussions with relevant parties including the canal management authority to assist the ship as soon as possible.”
The Ever Given vessel ran aground diagonally across the single-lane stretch of the southern canal on Tuesday morning after losing the ability to steer amid high winds and a dust storm, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement.
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