MV Ever Given vessel blocking Suez Canal is now free
Navigation will resume upon complete restoration of the vessel's direction : SCA
Biznextindia : In a good news for the maritime industry, Japanese company ‘Ever Green’ owned vessel ‘MV Ever Given’ which was grounded in the Suez Canal for the last one week has been re-floated and is currently being secured.
According to the real time position displayed by Ship tracking portal ‘vesselfinder.com’, the 400 meter vessel is now away from the Suez Canal bank and moving closer to be in a parallel position.
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has also confirmed the successful re-floating of the vessel and has stated that navigation will resume upon complete restoration of the vessel’s direction.
“The Panamanian container ship has been successfully refloated. This was the result of successful push and tow maneuvers which led to the restoration of 80% of the vessel’s direction; with the stern 102 m. away from the bank of the Canal now instead of 4 m. prior to the refloating. Maneuvers are set to be resumed once more during high tide at 11:30 a.m.; as it shall reach 2 m., allowing for the full restoration of the vessel’s direction so it is positioned in the middle of the navigable waterway” announced Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman and Managing Director of SCA.
He also assured the international navigation society that navigation will be resumed immediately upon the complete restoration of the vessel’s direction and directing it to the Bitter Lakes waiting area for technical inspection.
Earlier on Sunday, the attempts to re-float the vessel were postponed till Monday. During the late hours of Sunday additional two tugboats were deployed to aid efforts to free the giant vessel. Bothe the ship, along with earlier deployed 10 tugboats were used to nudge the ship following conclusion of the dredging work.
The Giant ship was stuck in the Suez Canal on 23rd March leaving the critical trade and energy route blocked for almost a week.