More than 320 ships queue to pass through Suez Canal

Source : 112 Ukraine

Operations to free the container ship are hampered by strong tide and wind
21:30, 27 March 2021

Suez Canal
France 24

The container ship Ever Given, which ran aground at the entrance to the Suez Canal, is a reason for 321 vessels to get stuck. This maritime traffic jam was formed on March 24th, reports Al Arabiya.

"The number of ships awaiting passage through the Suez Canal has reached 321. The authorities provide them with all the necessary logistical assistance," the article said.

It was noted that 9,000 tons of ballast water was removed through the container ship Ever Given, which is used to maintain the balance of ships and ensure their proper weight. 14 tugs are involved to free the floating craft. Operations to free the container ship are hampered by strong tide and wind.

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On March 23, a huge container ship Ever Given, four football fields long and about a 20-storey building in height, blocked the Suez Canal, which is one of the most important shipping routes.

It is previously known that the cause of the incident was the deterioration of the weather; the ship deviated from the course and ran aground due to strong winds and sandstorms.

Ever Given blocked the southernmost section of the Suez Canal, which has only one lane, so on the very first day, traffic jams from other vessels formed on both sides of the container ship.

On March 26, it was reported that because of the stuck ship in the Suez Canal, tankers urgently change their route and go around the Suez Canal - they have to go around Africa.

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