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Container ship runs aground within Suez Canal causing traffic jam

Container ship runs aground within Suez Canal causing traffic jam

Postby smix » Sat Mar 27, 2021 11:08 am

Container ship runs aground within Suez Canal causing traffic jam
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL4N2LM0DV
Category: Watercraft
Published: March 23, 2021

Description: SINGAPORE, March 24 (Reuters) - A container ship heading to Rotterdam ran aground in the Suez Canal on Tuesday, blocking other vessels from transiting one of the world’s most important waterways, according to shipping company GAC and shipping data on Refinitiv Eikon.

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The 200,000-tonne vessel en route from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean ran aground at about 7:40 a.m. (05:40 GMT) on Tuesday after the ship suffered a blackout, GAC said on its website. It added that 15 other ships in the northbound convoy behind the vessel were detained at anchorages waiting for the Canal to be cleared. A southbound convoy was also blocked, GAC said. The container ship, the Ever Given, is 400 metres long (1,312 feet), 59 metres wide (193 feet), and can carry up to 20,000 20-foot equivalent (TEU) shipping containers. The Suez Canal authorities and Higaki Sangyo Kaisha Ltd, the owner and manager of the ship, could not be immediately reached for comment. Nearly 19,000 ships, or an average of 51.5 ships per day, with a net tonnage of 1.17 billion tonnes passed through the canal during 2020, to according to the Suez Canal Authority (SCA). About 12% of the world trade volume passes through the man-made canal, which is a major source of hard currency in Egypt.



Container ship stuck in Suez Canal likely 'hit by sudden strong wind' -Evergreen
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL4N2LM11P
Category: Watercraft
Published: March 24, 2021

Description: TAIPEI, March 24 (Reuters) - A container ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal on Tuesday was likely hit by a sudden strong wind, said Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp in a statement. Evergreen, which is leasing the vessel under a time charter, said the shipowner has informed it that the ship “was suspected of being hit by a sudden strong wind, causing the hull to deviate from waterway and accidentally hit the bottom and run aground”. “The company has urged the shipowner to report the cause of the accident and to work out a plan with related units such as the canal administration to assist the ship in getting out of trouble as soon as possible,” Evergreen said.



Tugs work to free giant container ship stranded in Suez Canal
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL1N2LM051
Category: Watercraft
Published: March 24, 2021

Description: CAIRO (Reuters) - The shortest shipping route from Europe to Asia remained blocked on Wednesday as 10 tug boats struggled to free one of the world’s largest container ships after it ran aground in the Suez Canal.

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The 400-metre, 224,000-tonne Ever Given ran aground on Tuesday morning after losing the ability to steer amid high winds and a dust storm, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement. About 30% of global container shipping volumes pass through the canal each day, carrying everything from fuel to consumer goods. The main alternative route for ships travelling between Asia and Europe, around the African cape, takes a week longer to navigate. GAC, a Dubai-based marine services company, said authorities were still working to free the ship mid-afternoon on Wednesday, and that information it had received earlier claiming the vessel was partially refloated was inaccurate. Images posted by the SCA appeared to show the ship positioned diagonally across the canal, blocking its full width, as tugs tried to dislodge it. Photos showed a digger removing earth and rock from the bank of the canal around the ship’s bow. An official said work to release the ship could continue into the night, weather permitting. The SCA’s chairman told local media that despite the blockage, a southbound convoy was on the move and that the authority was trying to keep traffic flowing between waiting areas as best it could while salvage efforts continued. “Once we get this boat out, then that’s it, things will go back to normal. God willing, we’ll be done today,” Chairman Osama Rabie said.

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"God willing, we’ll be done today"

The authority was considering compensation for delayed ships, he said. About 12% of world trade by volume passes through the canal, and it is a major source of hard currency for Egypt, generating $5.6 billion in 2020. Tracking maps had shown the ship grounded in the southernmost stretch of the waterway, between the Great Bitter Lake and the Red Sea port of Suez. At least 30 ships were blocked to the north of the Ever Given, and three to the south, local sources said. Several dozen ships could also be seen grouped around the northern and southern entrances to the canal.
REBALANCING EFFORTS
The SCA said it was trying to rebalance the ship, and local sources said efforts could shift towards digging the ship out if the tug boats were unable to release it. Dutch marine services company Boskalis said its subsidiary Smit Salvage had been hired to help with the operation and was sending 10 people to Egypt. In such cases, “you really have to do the calculations to understand how solidly she (is) grounded, and how much power you can exert without damaging the vessel,” Boskalis spokesman Martijn Schuttevaer told Reuters. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), the ship’s technical manager, said the Ever Given had run aground in the canal at around 05:40 GMT on Tuesday. It said an investigation was underway. BSM said the crew were safe and there were no reports of pollution. A BSM spokesperson said the vessel was owned by Japan’s Shoei Kisen KK, declining to provide further details. Shoei Kisen KK could not be reached for comment. Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp, which is leasing the vessel, said the owner had told it the ship “was suspected of being hit by a sudden strong wind, causing the hull to deviate from (the) waterway and accidentally hit the bottom”. The ship is likely to have been insured for $100-140 million, insurance brokers say.
SUPPLY CONCERNS
Dozens of ships carrying crude, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and retail goods were unable to sail through the canal on Wednesday, potentially disrupting supplies to global markets, shipping sources said. Oil analytics firm Vortexa said ten tankers carrying 13 million barrels of crude could be affected. Oil prices rose more than 2%. [O/R] As of Wednesday, five laden LNG tankers were unable to pass through the canal due to the grounded container ship, according to data intelligence firm Kpler. Of the five, three were bound for Asia and two for Europe, said Kpler analyst Rebecca Chia. She said that if the congestion persists until the end of this week, it would affect the transit of 15 LNG tankers. During 2020, nearly 19,000 ships, or an average of 51.5 per day, passed through the canal, according to the SCA. If the Ever Given remained stuck for up to 48 hours, “the impact will be limited to a gradual worsening of already very bad vessel delays”, said Niels Madsen, VP of Product and Operations at Denmark-based Sea-Intelligence. “If on the other hand, the Suez Canal remains blocked for another 3-5 days, then this will start to have very serious global ramifications,” he said.



Suez Canal suspends traffic as ship stuck like 'beached whale'
Reuters

URL: https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN2BH1HH
Category: Watercraft
Published: March 25, 2021

Description: ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - A container ship blocking the Suez Canal like a “beached whale” sent new shockwaves through global trade on Thursday as officials stopped all ships entering the channel and the salvage company said it may take weeks to free. The 400 m (430 yard) Ever Given, almost as long as the Empire State Building is high, is blocking transit in both directions through one of the world’s busiest shipping channels for oil and grain and other trade linking Asia and Europe. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said eight tugs were working to move the vessel, which got stuck diagonally across the single-lane southern stretch of the canal on Tuesday morning amid high winds and a dust storm. “We can’t exclude it might take weeks, depending on the situation,” Peter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch company Boskalis which is trying to free the ship, told the Dutch television programme “Nieuwsuur”. Several dozen vessels, including other large container ships, tankers carrying oil and gas, and bulk vessels hauling grain have backed up at either end of the canal to create one of the worst shipping jams seen for years. The SCA, which had allowed some vessels to enter the canal in the hope the blockage could be cleared, said it had temporarily suspended all traffic on Thursday. Thirteen vessels that sailed south from Port Said in a convoy on Wednesday had dropped anchor in the Bitter Lakes waiting area until navigation could be resumed, it said. Berdowski said the ship’s bow and stern had been lifted up against either side of the canal. “It is like an enormous beached whale. It’s an enormous weight on the sand. We might have to work with a combination of reducing the weight by removing containers, oil and water from the ship, tug boats and dredging of sand.” Roughly 30% of the world’s shipping container volume transits through the 193 km (120 miles) Suez Canal daily, and about 12% of total global trade of all goods. Shipping experts say that if the blockage is unlikely to be cleared in the coming days, some shipping firms may re-route vessels around the southern tip of Africa, which would add roughly a week to the journey. Consultancy Wood Mackenzie said the biggest impact was on container shipping, but there were also a total of 16 laden crude and product oil tankers due to sail through the canal and now delayed by the incident. The load of the tankers amounted to 870,000 tonnes of crude and 670,000 tonnes of clean oil products such as gasoline, naphtha and diesel, it said. According to oil analytics firm Vortexa, Russia and Saudi Arabia are the top two exporters of oil through the canal, while India and China are the main importers. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), the technical manager of Ever Given, said dredgers were working to clear sand and mud from around the blocked vessel while tugboats in conjunction with Ever Given’s winches work to shift it. Marine services firm GAC issued a note to clients overnight saying efforts to free the vessel using tug boats continued, but that wind conditions and the sheer size of the vessel “were hindering the operation”. Japanese shipowner Shoei Kisen apologised for the incident and said work on freeing the ship, which was heading to Europe from China, “has been extremely difficult” and it was not clear when the vessel would float again. The ship’s GPS signal shows only minor changes to its position over the past 24 hours.
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Suez Canal Blocked by Huge container ship; Video simulation of the controversial track

Postby smix » Sat Mar 27, 2021 4:08 pm

Suez Canal Blocked by Huge container ship; Video simulation of the controversial track
VesselFinder

URL: https://www.vesselfinder.com/news/20465 ... RirVy90kGs
Category: Politics
Published: March 24, 2021

Description: On the occasion of the disputed incident of the ultra-large container ship Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal, the VesselFinder team made a video simulation of the movements of the ship in more detail, for some time before it got stuck in the canal and blocked the main artery of cargo flow between Asia and Europe.

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This video shows that the obvious is not always true.



Meanwhile, the situation is still the same - heavy tugs have not been able to re-float the vessel despite efforts made until now, therefore SCA has recalled a dredger to the site to assist in re-floating the vessel.
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Human error may be behind ship blocking Suez Canal: authorities

Postby smix » Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:20 pm

Human error may be behind ship blocking Suez Canal: authorities
New York Post

URL: https://nypost.com/2021/03/28/human-err ... thorities/
Category: Watercraft
Published: March 28, 2021

Description: The massive container ship that is blocking the Suez Canal may have run aground because of human error, not a strong windstorm, Egyptian officials said this weekend. Initial reports said the 1,300-foot, 200,000-ton Ever Given got wedged in the shipping channel because of high winds and a sandstorm that affected visibility. But the head of the Suez Canal Authority now says weather conditions were “not the main reasons” for the ship’s grounding. “There may have been technical or human errors,” the canal authority’s chairman, Osama Rabie, told reporters Saturday, without giving more details, the BBC reported. “All of these factors will become apparent in the investigation.” Meanwhile, tug boats and dredgers continued working to push and pull the massive ship from the spot where it’s been wedged between the banks of the normally busy canal since Tuesday. At least 369 boats are lined up in a massive traffic jam waiting to pass through the canal, which handles up to 15 percent of world trade. A mass of rock under the ship’s bow is making the effort difficult. Dredgers have shifted more than 950,000 cubic feet of sand and dug down nearly 60 feet, but the ship remains stuck. Still, there are tiny signs of progress, the Suez Canal Authority said. “The rudder was not moving and it is now moving, the propeller is working now, there was no water underneath the bow, and now there is water under it, and yesterday there was a 4-meter deviation in the bow and the stern,” Rabie told Egyptian state TV. Video posted on Twitter showed tug boats honking their horns in celebration. Authorities brought two more powerful tugboats in, bringing the total to 14 tugs working on moving the ship. The backup is costing the canal about $15 million daily. The Egyptian government also ordered preparations to start offloading some of the ship’s 18,300 containers to lighten its load. That effort wouldn’t start until Monday. It will require moving the containers either to another ship or possibly the canal bank. Special equipment, including a crane more than 200 feet high, would be needed and the process could take weeks, the BBC reported. Meanwhile, the Pentagon said Sunday that the blocked canal could also affect the movement of US military vessels. A Defense Department spokesperson told The Hill the longer the canal is blocked, the greater the concerns. “The Suez Canal is an essential maritime choke point, and the longer passage is suspended, the more impact it will have to civilian and military transits,” said Navy spokeswoman Rebecca Rebarich. Experts have warned that with the canal blocked, more ships are likely to try to sail around Africa, raising their exposure to pirates, along with increased costs and shipping times. “If more and more ships are going along the coast of Africa because of this incident, security arrangements would need to be tightened” around areas where piracy is known to occur, especially the waters surrounding Somalia and Yemen, said Paul Sullivan, an international security expert and professor at the National Defense University in an interview with Voice of America.
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