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SUEZ, EGYPT – A massive container ship blocking Egypt's Suez Canal for nearly a week has been partially refloated, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Monday, raising hopes the busy waterway will soon be reopened for a huge backlog of ships.

Suez Canal Block update | Egyptian TV shows latest developments on ship | LIVE

SUEZ, EGYPT – A massive container ship blocking Egypt’s Suez Canal for nearly a week has been partially refloated, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Monday, raising hopes the busy waterway will soon be reopened for a huge backlog of ships.

MarineTraffic and VesselFinder, two applications that track the location of ships in real time, said that two tugboats are sailing through the Red Sea to the Suez Canal. They will work with the 14 tugboats currently operating around the Changqi to help the Changqi get out of trouble.

The giant container ship Captain Ci ran aground and blocked the Suez Canal. Yesterday, it entered its sixth day. In order to make the Long Ci ship out of trouble as soon as possible, more tugboats joined the rescue ranks, and the Egyptian authorities also began to prepare for unloading the containers on the ship.

The Long Grant, which is longer than four football fields, has been blocked in the Suez Canal channel since last Tuesday, causing two-way traffic on the canal to stop.

The rabbi, chairman of the Egyptian Suez Canal Authority, said that in order to make the freighter go shallow and restore canal traffic as soon as possible, the Egyptian authorities have formulated a number of rescue plans. One of them is to reduce the load of the Changqi, that is, to unload part of the containers on the cargo ship.

The rabbi told the Egyptian mainstream television station Extra News yesterday that Egyptian President Sisi has ordered them to reduce the load of the Long Grant.

The Long Ci loaded about 18,300 containers. According to the Canal Authority, the authorities will not start unloading the containers until Monday at the earliest. However, experts warn that the process of unloading containers will be complicated and lengthy.

The rabbi said that he hopes that there is no need to adopt the plan to unload the containers, but if necessary, Egypt will accept assistance from the international community.

Affected by the blockage of the canal, there are currently more than 350 ships waiting to pass on both sides of the canal, and the number is still increasing.

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The Suez Canal is the main transport channel for trade between Asia and Europe. Now that the canal is blocked, many shipping companies have begun to consider circumventing the Cape of Good Hope in Africa, but this route has a longer voyage and is therefore more expensive.

Global shipping industry news authority “Lloyd Ship Daily” said Sunday that the number of ships choosing to circumvent Africa is “surging.” “Most of the major container shipping companies are now diverting their ships to the Cape of Good Hope and warn that the supply chain will be disrupted in the future. Some container companies have also begun to refuse to accept bookings.”

Official: Egypt loses more than 14 million U.S. dollars in income every day

The rabbi told Arab Television that the closure of the canal has caused Egypt to lose up to 14 million U.S. dollars in revenue every day. “Lloyd Ship Daily,” said that the blockage of the canal made it impossible to pass goods worth about US$9.6 billion between Asia and Europe every day.

In order to retain customers, the rabbi said that Egyptian authorities are considering discounts for affected shipping companies.

The blockage of the Suez Canal has a knock-on effect. In Syria, which is suffering from war and fuel shortage, as the ships carrying fuel cannot arrive on time, the Syrian Oil Ministry says that they have to ration fuel now.

Romania said that 11 local ships carrying livestock abroad were affected. Animals International, a non-governmental organization, warned that about 130,000 animals on the trapped cargo ship may have died as a result. The Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture has sent three veterinary teams to inspect the livestock stranded at sea and provide them with feed.

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