Workers are seen next to a container ship which was hit by strong wind and ran aground in Suez Canal, Egypt. Reuters
Low tide overnight has slowed efforts to dislodge a 400-metre long, 224,000-tonne container vessel that has choked traffic in both directions along the Suez Canal and created the world's largest shipping jam.
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.
It is now blocking transit in both directions through one of the world's busiest shipping channels for goods, oil, grain and other products linking Asia and Europe.
Marine services firm GAC issued a note to clients overnight saying efforts to free the vessel using tug boats continued, but that wind conditions and the sheer size of the vessel “were hindering the operation.”
Egypt's Suez Canal blocked by large container ship
6-year-old Filipina swallows 11 metallic beads
Ship-tracking software shows that the Ever Given has made only minor changes to its position over the past 24 hours, despite the deployment of several tugs to drag it to deeper water.
Several dozen vessels, including other large container ships, tankers carrying oil and gas, and bulk vessels hauling grain have backed up at either end of the canal to create one of the worst shipping jams seen for years.
Roughly 30% of the world's shipping container volume transits through the 193 km Suez Canal daily, and about 12% of total global trade of all goods.
Shipping experts say that if the blockage is not likely to be cleared within the next 24-48 hours, some shipping firms may be forced to re-route vessels around the southern tip of Africa, which would add roughly a week to the journey.
But the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority told media that despite the blockage some cargo was able to move south and that efforts to dislodge Ever given would continue.
“Once we get this boat out, then that's it, things will go back to normal. God willing, we'll be done today,” Chairman Osama Rabie said.
The Panama-flagged ship is a 400-metre (1,300) long vessel. It swerved and got stuck in a sandstorm on Tuesday.
Seven liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers are being diverted away from the Suez Canal after traffic was suspended through the key waterway where a large container ship has been stuck since Tuesday, data intelligence firm Kpler said on Friday.
The MV Ever Given, which is longer than four football fields, has been wedged diagonally across the span of the canal since Tuesday, blocking the waterway in both directions.
The property features a 360-degree infinity-edge pool and view of Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab and Ain Dubai.It has an indoor garden of 200 square metres on four floors and roof terrace with a 360-degree view.
Sultan Al Neyadi, the Emirati astronaut who is currently on the station, will be as close as possible to his family, loved ones and his homeland today, and he will salute them with pride in this achievement that the country is ruling in space day after day.
Dubai saw the completion of the first successful trial of medical delivery via drones at the Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), in yet another unique public-private sector partnership.
The food control report stated that the administrative closure decision followed the restaurant’s repeated highly dangerous violations and its failure to meet the health and food safety requirements, the ADAFSA added, noting that insects were detected on the meat and vegetable washing sink and in the clean utensil storage area.