Bloomberg, citing Inchcape Shipping, reported that the 400-meter-long container ship EverGiven was floated in the Suez Canal. Details have not yet been given, reports TASS.
A source in the operator of the channel, the Gulf Agency Company (GAC), told RIA Novosti that traffic on the Suez Canal will be carried out around the clock, as a large "traffic jam" has formed from the cargo ships. “This is necessary to quickly pass everyone who is in the queue,” a source in the GAC emphasized. He added that usually container ships, tankers and other vessels move along the Suez Canal in columns, moving out at 03:30 from Port Said (northern entrance to the canal) and at 04:00 from Suez (southern entrance). These are the rules of navigation.
As a reminder, on March 23, a ship heading from China to the Netherlands ran aground on the 151st kilometer of the canal connecting the Mediterranean and the Red Seas. This sea artery accounts for 12 percent of the world's freight traffic. There is no information yet when the channel will be open to traffic. There are a lot of them - about four hundred.
It should be noted that two additional tugboats were connected to the operation the day before, thanks to which EverGiven was able to move 28 meters on March 4.
The container ship, built in 2018, ranks among the largest cargo ships in the world. It can carry 20 units of cargo. The crew of the vessel consists of 000 people, all of them are citizens of India.