Suez Canal could be blocked for weeks by ‘beached whale’ ship, say salvage companies

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Suez Canal could be blocked for weeks by ‘beached whale’ ship, say salvage companies

A couple of days after the Taiwanese container ship, Ever Given, had run aground following a gust of wind and desert storm that apparently had blown the mighty cargo vessel off course and blocked the Suez Canal like a “beached whale”, at least two salvage companies working on the ship said on Thursday that the 400-metre container vessel, length of which could mirror the height of Empire State Building, might keep the busiest sea transit between Europe and Asia occluded for weeks, as Suez Canal officials had barred entrance of all ships into the one-way channel late in the day, pointing towards a cataclysmic setback in global trade.

According to Suez Canal Authority (SCA), at least nine tugs have been working to put the vessel back into the water, which somehow had blocked the single-lane southern stretch of the Channel diagonally on Tuesday morning, while Chief Executive of a Dutch salvage company Boskalis, Peter Berdowski, said in a Dutch Television program earlier in the day, “We can’t exclude it might take weeks, depending on the situation.

Suez Canal could remain occluded for weeks as oil tumbles further 4%

On top of that, as a tattering total of 206 large container ships and tankers carrying oil and gas, have swamped either end of the Canal, crude oil futures faltered more than 4 per cent on Thursday over fears of a potential supply glut, triggering what could be one of the worst shipping jams in decades.

Meanwhile, adding that the ship’s bow alongside stern were lifted up in less than two days despite its enormous scale of weight, Boskalis Chief Berdowski said in the Dutch TV program, “It is like an enormous beached whale.

It's an enormous weight on the sand. We might have to work with a combination of reducing the weight by removing containers, oil and water from the ship, tug boats and dredging of sand”.