The delinquency of a huge container ship in the Suez Canal, today, Wednesday, led to the suspension of navigation in this international artery, and the occurrence of congestion in the Mediterranean and Red Bahrain.
The Taiwanese “Evergreen Marine” company said in a statement that the container ship’s delinquency was most likely due to sudden strong winds.
Evergreen, which leases the container ship for a specified period, said that the ship’s owner informed her that she believed that what had happened was a result of “sudden strong winds that caused the ship’s hull to deviate from the waterway and hit the bottom and drift.”
She added, “The company urged the ship’s owner to report the cause of the accident and set up a plan with the concerned units, such as the Suez Canal Authority, to help the ship get out of the problem as soon as possible.”
Update: still stuck.
How big is this #SuezCanal plug? Ultra big.
Size: 400m long / 59m wide
Gross tonnage: 219,079
Capacity: 20,388 TEUs (20ft container equivalents).
One of the largest container ships in operation. pic.twitter.com/rJunpJrAKE
– John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) March 23, 2021
Meanwhile, two major sources in the navigation sector said that the Suez Canal Authority in Egypt decided to amend the ship transit system, to turn it in both directions in the old canal.
The two sources said that the ship’s floatation work began this morning after its run-off last night.
The ship weighs 220 thousand tons, its length is 400 meters, and it carries hundreds of containers destined for Rotterdam from China. It is owned by the Taiwanese shipping company “Evergreen”, and registered in Panama.
Pictures taken from another ship in the canal show that it was at an angle that closed the waterway. It turned out that the rigs that were sent by the Egyptian channel authorities to try to free the ship were too small and unsuitable.