The number of ships waiting in line to pass through the Suez Canal has reached 321, Admiral Osama Rabia, head of the trade route administration, said at a press conference.
As previously citing sources, The Jerusalem Post reported that the grounded container ship Ever Given moved slightly. The interlocutors of The Wall Street Journal, in turn, noted that the ship could be recovered from the shallows today – on the eve of attempts to free it have made significant progress.
The container ship Ever Given – owned by the Japanese company Shoei Kisen and operated by Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corporation – ran aground on March 23 at the 151st kilometre of the Suez Canal route from China to Rotterdam. Because of this, the movement along the trade route was blocked.
Evergreen noted that it would take at least two to three days to get the vessel aground on Friday.
The Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas, is 163 kilometres long. It accounts for about 12 per cent of the world’s maritime cargo turnover. The canal is used daily by dozens of ships that travel from Europe to Asia and back, without making a long voyage around Africa.