SUEZ, Egypt – Salvage teams are gearing up for yet another attempt to free the Ever Given container ship that has been blocking the Suez Canal for five days in hopes that an above-average spring tide will help them pull the 1,300-foot ship off the ship solve east side of the canal, but their rescue efforts could be hampered by damage to the ship’s bow.
The ship manager Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said the water had entered two front tanks, but the ship was stable. “The arch was partially trapped in a rock formation, which made the effort difficult,” said a member of the rescue team.
People involved in the operation had previously suggested that Ever Given, which is operated by Taiwan-based Evergreen Group, may have been released as early as Saturday. A rescue team had managed to free the ship’s rudder and start its engines after it went off course in stormy conditions on March 23, blocking the critical trade route to traffic and disrupting global supply chains. According to the Suez Canal Authority, which operates the waterway, around 320 ships are waiting to cross the 120-mile canal.
Dredging continued on Sunday, and officials say they will try to use the higher spring tide to free the ship in the evening without unloading containers in order to reduce weight, which is a difficult one given the location of Ever Given Operation would be.
“We hope we don’t get to a scenario where we have to start taking containers off the ship, but we are preparing for it if we have to,” said Osama Rabie, chairman of the Canal Authority, adding that these are the instructions of were President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.