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Blocked ships have six days or more to cross Suez Canal: Maersk

The Suez Canal Authority announced on Monday afternoon that it managed to fully re-float and sail the Ever Given, which has blocked the canal and disrupted international maritime trade for almost a week

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Mar 2021
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A grab from a video released by Egypt's Suez Canal Authority on March 29, 2021, shows tugboats pulling the Panama-flagged MV 'Ever Given' container ship after it was fully dislodged from the banks of the Suez. AFP
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Shipping Giant Maersk and Partners said on Monday that it could take six days or more for ships stuck at the Suez Canal to cross its waterway after the re-floating the container ship ‘Ever Given’.

“Assessing the current backlog of vessels, it could take 6 days or more for the complete queue to pass, conditional to safety and other operational circumstances,” Maersak said.

Currently, Maersk and partners have three vessels stuck in the canal and 30 vessels waiting to enter the canal, with more expected to reach the blockage on Monday.

The shipping giant has already redirected 15 vessels around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa.

The Suez Canal Authority announced on Monday afternoon that it managed to fully re-float and sail the Ever Given, which has blocked the canal and disrupted international maritime trade for almost a week.

The Suez Canal’s service provider, Leth Agencies, confirmed that the mega-ship is currently sailing north on its way to the Bitter Lakes in the canal, where it would undergo inspection for three days at least, according to Egyptian officials.

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