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With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins

With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins

World
SUEZ, Egypt -- Experts boarded the massive container ship Tuesday that had blocked Egypt's vital Suez Canal and disrupted global trade for nearly a week, seeking answers to a single question that could have billions of dollars in legal repercussions: What went wrong?As convoys of ships again began traveling through the artery linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas, a canal service provider said more than 300 vessels carrying everything from crude oil to cattle were waiting for their turn, a process that will take days. Egyptian government officials, insurers, shippers and others similarly waited for more details about what caused the skyscraper-sized Ever Given to become wedged across the canal on March 23.When blame gets assigned, it will likely lead to years of litigation to recoup the c...
Suez Canal reopens after giant stranded ship is freed

Suez Canal reopens after giant stranded ship is freed

World
Traffic has resumed in Egypt's Suez Canal after a stranded container ship blocking it for nearly a week was finally freed by salvage crews.Tug boats honked their horns in celebration as the 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given was dislodged on Monday with the help of dredgers.Hundreds of ships are waiting to pass through the canal which links the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.It is one of the world's busiest trade routes.The cost of the Suez Canal blockageHow do you refloat a giant cargo ship?In pictures: Efforts to shift huge ship from canalPeter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch salvage company Boskalis, said the Ever Given had been refloated at 15:05 (13:05 GMT) on Monday, "thereby making free passage through the Suez Canal possible again".Egyptian officials say the backlog of ships waiting to transit t...
Officials preparing to remove cargo from Ever Given after 5 days blocking Suez Canal

Officials preparing to remove cargo from Ever Given after 5 days blocking Suez Canal

World
March 28 (UPI) -- Officials began preparing to unload cargo from the Ever Given after the massive cargo ship has remained lodged in the Suez Canal since Tuesday. Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, told Egyptian media that President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi had ordered officials to prepare for a "third scenario" of removing containers from the 1,300-foot, 200,000-ton ship to allow it to be refloated. Advertisement Rabie said that the president authorized the acquisition of special equipment necessary to move some of the 18,000 containers from the vessel. Leth Agencies, the canal's service provider, wrote on Twitter that tidal conditions did not help refloat the ship overnight, adding that a refloating effort on Sunday was postponed until 11 p.m. local time in order to ...
‘Our customers are worried about the Suez Canal blockage’

‘Our customers are worried about the Suez Canal blockage’

Business
Seaport Freight ServicesBritish businesses are getting worried as Egypt's Suez Canal continues to be blocked by a Taiwanese mega-container ship for the fourth day in a row. Seaport Freight Services, a shipping and freight-forwarding company based at the Port of Felixstowe, has 20 containers of goods stranded on the Ever Given. "We're waiting on food goods like coconut milk and syrups, some spare parts for motors, we've got some fork lift trucks, some Amazon goods on there, all sorts," Steve Parks, director of Seaport Freight Services, tells the BBC."All our customers are hearing about it, and they're phoning us to ask when it will be resolved."The 400m-long (1,312ft) ship Ever Given, operated by Taiwanese transport company Evergreen Marine, is one of the world's largest biggest container v...
Efforts resume to free megaship blocking Suez Canal as shipping jams force boats to consider turning around

Efforts resume to free megaship blocking Suez Canal as shipping jams force boats to consider turning around

World
Efforts have resumed to free the container ship blocking the Suez Canal, as fears it could take "weeks" force trapped boats to consider turning around.Eight tug boats are currently working to drag the 400m (1,312ft) Ever Given to deeper water after it ran aground and blocked one of the world's busiest shipping lanes on Tuesday morning. Dredgers are also trying to clear mud and sand from underneath it in the hope it will eventually dislodge. Image: The Ever Given is stuck for a third day. Pic: STR/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock At least 150 vessels, including other container ships carrying oil, gas and grains, are backed up either side of the blockage in Egypt, resulting in one of the worst marine jams the world has seen in decades.The company ...