The United States closely monitors the Suez Canal lockdown and has offered assistance to Egyptian partners in addressing the issue, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday.
“We are monitoring the situation very closely. We understand that the Egyptian authorities are working to eliminate the vessel as soon as possible, thereby unblocking the canal’s movement.
During our diplomatic contacts, we offered our assistance to the Egyptian side in opening the channel,” Psaki said during a daily briefing. She added that consultations with Egypt on this issue continue.
The container ship Ever Given, owned by the Japanese Shoei Kisen and operated by the Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine Corporation, ran aground on the 151st kilometre of the Suez Canal on its way from China to Rotterdam on 23 March. The ship’s length is 400 meters, width – 59, carrying capacity – about 224 thousand tons. The main reason for the incident is the deterioration of visibility due to a sandstorm accompanied by a hurricane wind due to which control over control was lost.
As a result of the incident, traffic on one of the busiest sea trade routes in the world was blocked, the passage of at least 100 ships was blocked. The Commercial Times, one of Taiwan’s largest financial and economic publications, estimates that every hour of channel downtime causes losses of $ 400 million.
The ship Ever Given, which ran aground in the Suez Canal, expects the ship to be released over the weekend.