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The Egyptian authorities dispatched multiple tugboats to rescue the shipowner and hired Dutch and Japanese salvage experts to help the freighter out of trouble

Suez-Canal-Blocked

The giant container ship ran aground on the Suez Canal in Egypt, and the authorities have sent heavy machinery to dig up the soil near the bow of the ship

The Egyptian authorities continued to dispatch a number of tugboats on Thursday (March 25) to rescue the giant container captains who had stranded for at least two days.

The Egyptian authorities continued to dispatch a number of tugboats on Thursday (March 25) to rescue the giant container captains who had stranded for at least two days.

Taiwan Evergreen Shipping, which chartered the container ship, said on Thursday that Japan’s Zhengrong Steamship Company, which owns the Longsong, has hired Dutch and Japanese salvage experts to help get the Longsong out of trouble as soon as possible.

Smit Salvage from the Netherlands and Nippon Salvage from Japan have been appointed by the ship owner to take on this task. They will work with the captain of the Changci ship and the Suez Canal Authority to jointly develop a plan for the 400-meter-long, 59-meter-wide freighter to resurface.

Satellite images showed that the freighter was stuck on the canal horizontally. Many ships gathered at the north and south ends of the canal, waiting for the canal to resume its flow.

The industry pointed out that if this cargo ship with a displacement of 224,000 metric tons and full containers is too heavy to float, only some of the containers will be unloaded, but this will take a long time. Some experts also believe that the best time to get out of trouble may be on Sunday or next Monday, when the tide reaches its peak.

Lagar, a Middle East oil and shipping researcher at the international financial data technology company Refinitiv, said: “This is an unprecedented accident. Because it will have a knock-on effect on other fleets, it is estimated that it may take several days or even weeks. In order to solve the problem of channel blockage.”

As the bow of the long-sending ship was inserted into the river bank, the Egyptian authorities had previously dispatched excavators to dig the river bank, hoping to allow it to be transferred.

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement), the shipping management company of Changci, said that all 25 crew members on board were intact, and the hull and containers were intact.

According to data from the Suez Canal Authority, about 19,000 ships passed through the Suez Canal last year, carrying more than 1 billion metric tons of freight.

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