Suez Canal blockage recap

Suez Canal blockage recap

After combined efforts from crews from around the world the Suez Canal blockage comes to an end.

The 224,000-ton vessel almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall, ran aground in the Egyptian canal on March 23.

Egypt’s Suez Canal has seen wars and crises — but nothing quite like the stranding of the Ever Given.

The iconic shipping journal Lloyd’s List estimates that goods worth $9.6 billion pass through the canal every day.

Progress has been made but there is still work to be done before it’s completely freed, Marine Traffic said.

The ship’s rudders and propellers were freed on Friday (26), allowing for some movement.

The status of the bow, or the front of the ship, has not yet been confirmed.

The effects of the crisis are clear as Syria imposed fuel rationing on Sunday (28) to safeguard dwindling oil supplies after oil tankers were unable to make deliveries due to the blockage.

Syrian authorities said the rationing order was necessary to “guarantee the continued supply of basic services to Syrians such as bakeries, hospitals, water stations, communication centres, and other vital institutions.”

A tugboat operating on the Ever Given container ship in the Suez Canal on March 28.

The reasons behind the accident still remain unclear, said SCA head Osama Rabie.

“There are many factors or reasons, fast winds and the sandstorm could have been a reason but not the main reason — it could have been a technical mistake or human error,” he said. “There will be further investigations.”