CAIRO - 27 March 2021: The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) will start the second attempt of refloating the aground vessel, EVER GIVEN, after it ran aground five days ago, Youm7 reported anonymous officials at the authority.
A press conference is set to be held Saturday at 2:00 pm (Cairo time), where the head of the SCA Lieutenant General Osama Rabei will comment on the latest efforts that are being exerted to refloat the ship.
The EVER GIVEN ship, 400 meters long, 59 meters wide, and with a capacity of 224,000 tons ran aground due to bad weather and sandstorm and wedged diagonally across the canal at 151km of the canal, where vessels pass through from both directions, since March 23,2021. Being stranded at this point, the ship resulted in the suspension of the international maritime trade through the canal.
The SCA announced on Friday resuming efforts to re-float the ship, using 9 gigantic tugboats, including "Baraka 1" and "Izzat Adel", after the completion of the dredging work near the vessel’s bow using "Mashhour" dredge.
Rabie further explained that the tugging process requires several factors, including the wind direction and the tidal state, which makes of it a ‘complex technical process’ with very unique procedures and multiple attempts.
In previous statement earlier Friday, SCA announced dredging 17,000 cubic meters of sand and mud by Mashhour dredger around the Ever Given ship’s bow, with rate of dredging reached about 87 percent.