Suez Canal still blocked

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Cairo. “At most, the blockade of the Suez Canal by a container ship will last another three days,” according to the Egyptian government. This is contradicted by the head of the Dutch sea dredging company Boskalis, Peter Berdowski, who said that the work could “still take weeks.”
The owner, Japanese leasing company Shoei Kisen Kaisha, also said it would be “extremely difficult” to refloat the MV Ever Given.
The 400-meter-long and 59-meter-wide “MV Ever Given” ran aground in the Suez Canal on Wednesday. Since then, it has been completely blocking the canal in a diagonal position, with ships jammed on both sides of the canal. This caused the oil price to rise further on Friday.
According to the Japanese company spokesman, ten tugboats are trying to refloat the freighter – so far unsuccessfully.
According to experts, the freighter “Ever Given” is one of the largest container ships in the world.

  • source: news agencies/picture: AP
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