The Suez Canal Authority stated on the 29th that the freighter Long Grant, which had been trapped in the Suez Canal for nearly a week, had successfully escaped its stranding. The Long Grant is about the size of the Empire State Building in New York, and after it ran aground last week, it paralyzed one of the world's important trade routes.
The chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, also confirmed on the evening of the 29th that the two-way navigation of the Suez Canal has resumed after the Long Grant got rid of its stranding. He said that the first three ships passing through the canal were ships carrying live cattle. He added that 113 ships plan to pass through the canal before 8 am local time on the 30th.
According to the Suez Canal Authority, about 370 ships have been waiting for passage on both sides of the canal, including 25 oil tankers. Evergreen Marine, which leases the "Ever Given", said that it will conduct a seaworthiness inspection on the ship and make a decision on the cargo of the ship after the inspection.
However, the ship’s management said that preliminary inspections showed that the ship was in good condition. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, which manages the cruise ship, said in a statement: "There are currently no reports of pollution or cargo damage, and preliminary investigations ruled out any mechanical or engine failures that caused grounding. The possibility.
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A video posted by several reporters on Twitter by reporters at the scene showed that after the front end of the "Ever Given" moved again in the canal, the tug team that helped the freighter escape was happily celebrating. Other videos show that the position of the ship in the canal is straight, and is no longer horizontally stuck in the canal.
Excavators have been working day and night for the past week, digging out and sucking away a large amount of sand and dirt around the ship, allowing the tugboat fleet to reposition the cargo ship. Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, the company hired to help "Ever Given" escape, said in a statement: "We made it!"
"I am pleased to announce that our team of experts has worked closely with the Suez Canal Authority to successfully re-start the "Ever Given" so that the ship can only pass through the Suez Canal freely again."
Egyptian President Sisi praised the efforts of all walks of life
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi also expressed joy. Earlier, the Suez Canal Authority stated that the ship had moved "80%" in the right direction. He wrote on Twitter: "Today, the Egyptians successfully resolved the crisis of stranded ships in the Suez Canal, despite the huge technical complexity of the process in all aspects."
On March 23, the Long Grant deviated from its course in a sandstorm while passing through the single-track section of the Suez Canal. Although Evergreen Shipping blamed strong winds for the ship’s grounding on Tuesday, the Suez Canal Authority’s rabbi believed that the ship’s grounding might have been caused by "human negligence."
Since the ship ran aground on the Suez Canal, about 9 billion U.S. dollars (7.6 billion euros) in global trade has been impeded every day. At least 18,840 ships passed through the Suez Canal last year, which is also one of Egypt’s main sources of income. Last year the canal's revenue reached 5.6 billion U.S. dollars.