Suez Canal: the Ever Given container ship put back afloat

Blocking the Suez Canal since Tuesday March 23, 2021, the container ship Ever Given was put back afloat on Monday March 29 in the afternoon. It took nearly a week to clear it.

The container ship no longer blocks the Suez Canal

It took nearly a week to clear the container ship of the Japanese company Shoei Kisen, which had been blocking the entrance to the Suez Canal since Tuesday, March 23, 2021. 400 meters long, the ship Ever Given was handed over on Monday March 29 in the morning to ” 80% in the right direction . 200,000 tonnes heavy, it took a few more hours to put the vessel back in the waterline.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi congratulated himself in the morning on the success of the operation, which still had to take half a day before being completed. He had thus published on his Twitter account the following message: ” Today the Egyptians have succeeded in ending the ship crisis which ran aground in the Suez Canal, despite the enormous technical complexity that surrounded this process “.

International trade: the container ship causes several billion losses

Blocked diagonally and completely obstructing the Suez Canal, for nearly a week, the container ship Ever Given caused several billion dollars in losses. The Suez Canal, nearly 190 km long, transports nearly 10% of international maritime trade every day, or between 6 and 10 billion dollars. Thus, each day of unavailability of the channel leads to delays and losses included that the insurer of the container ship will have to compensate. The total losses due to the incident are for the moment difficult to calculate since they will include in particular, the losses of the toll for the boats having made the tour, the costs of fuel and additional crews for delays, compensation for delays. Delivery.

Nearly 400 ships were stranded by the incident. If the ship has been put back in the right direction, it will take some more time to tow it out of the Canal, as a Maersk spokeswoman confirmed to AFP: ” It’s too early to say how long it will take to tow the ship and when the Suez Canal will reopen “. According to the Suez Canal Authorities, it will take “ three and a half days ”After the canal reopens to bring traffic back to normal.