"We've never seen anything like this": Suez Canal may be blocked for weeks


Currently, the Suez Canal, which serves as an important transport artery for the Middle East region and the world, remains blocked by the grounded container ship Ever Given, which caused a congestion of ships. It can take several weeks to remove the Ever Given and clear the way through the canal. So says the head of the Boskalis company working on the solution of this problem, Peter Berdowski, who announced this on the air of television in the Netherlands.


Berdowski believes that the grounded ship looks like a whale washed ashore. Apparently, Boskalis will have to apply all possible technical methods in its work, including removing cargo and water from the ship, using tugs and even washing out large amounts of sand.

We've never experienced anything like this

- said Ranjit Raja, an expert on the problems of sea transportation of oil in the Middle East from the international financial analytics company Refinitiv.

The specialist believes that the liberation of the Suez Canal from the stuck ship may take days or even weeks, which may negatively affect the volume of cargo transportation.

The line of ships awaiting passage through the Suez Canal already numbers about one and a half hundred ships. Taking into account that in 2020 about 50 tankers passed through the canal every day, it can be assumed that the congestion that has arisen may take a very long time to dissipate and will have very sad consequences for world trade.
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  1. Dimy4 Offline Dimy4
    Dimy4 (Dmitriy) 26 March 2021 10: 28
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    The pilot is an agent of the Kremlin! It's time to impose sanctions.
    1. kapitan92 Offline kapitan92
      kapitan92 (Vyacheslav) 27 March 2021 23: 28
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      The line of ships awaiting passage through the Suez Canal already numbers about one and a half hundred ships

      At 23-00, 27.03.21, there are already 350 ships. !!!
      Here is a hint to our General Staff, you can, saying H ", put" partners "on 4 points, a couple of missiles in a similar ship in the Suez Canal and ............. a golden key in your pocket, laughing
  2. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 26 March 2021 10: 39
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    Unloading a container ship in an open field is still a task ...
  3. Dmitry Petrovich (Dmitry Petrovich) 26 March 2021 11: 06
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    I don’t understand, but what prevents to weld towing devices to the ship's hull on the bow and stern and deploy it with tracked tractors from land?
    1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
      Kristallovich (Ruslan) 26 March 2021 11: 20
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      The vessel weighs 200 thousand tons. No tractors can pull it out.
      1. Dmitry Petrovich (Dmitry Petrovich) 26 March 2021 11: 24
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        This is dry weight, but the boat is partially in the water, so there is a chance.
        1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
          Kristallovich (Ruslan) 26 March 2021 11: 25
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          The bow and stern of the vessel rested against the ground. What to pull for?
          1. isofat Offline isofat
            isofat (isofat) 26 March 2021 12: 53
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            Quote: Kristallovich
            The bow and stern of the vessel rested against the ground. What to pull for?

            If you can't find it, try pushing! smile
          2. Dear sofa expert. 26 March 2021 20: 33
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            The bow and stern of the vessel rested against the ground. What to pull for?

            Well, you can raise it. Pontoons. Can be unloaded by helicopters. You can try to raise the water level in the canal with sluices, if there is a place.
            Well, or suck the sludge and pull, which they are trying to do.
            In general, the thing is huge.
            1. Kristallovich Offline Kristallovich
              Kristallovich (Ruslan) 26 March 2021 20: 35
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              There are many options for action. My answer related to what was specifically proposed - to pull it out with tractors. 200 thousand ton colossus. Resting the caterpillars in the sand. Great offer.

              raise the water level in the canal with sluices

              The Suez Canal is gateless.

              They will scoop out sand, expand the coastline, pump out liquid ballast, diesel, it is possible to remove containers - but this is only by helicopters, which is long and expensive.
              1. Dear sofa expert. 26 March 2021 21: 20
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                but this is only by helicopters, which is long and expensive.

                Yes, long and expensive. It is also possible to fit the floating crane in the end for unloading. The ballast will be pumped out, the ship will fall on its side. Then definitely for a long time.)

                But apparently it was planned for a long time.
            2. isofat Offline isofat
              isofat (isofat) 26 March 2021 21: 27
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              Directional explosion, an explosion in which the environment (usually rock) moves predominantly in a predetermined direction and a predetermined distance.
  4. trampoline instructor (Bazil Bazil) 26 March 2021 22: 44
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    Due to the state of emergency, the Russian LNG tanker Marshal Vasilevsky cannot sail, and the Baltic Fleet missile corvette Stoyky and the Kola tanker are also awaiting the resumption of navigation.

    https://tsargrad.tv/news/snjat-s-meli-sudno-v-sujeckom-kanale-poprosili-spasavshuju-podlodku-kursk-kompaniju_336900

    I read somewhere that it is highly desirable to remove the container ship before Thursday, while the tide level in the canal remains high. After this period, the operation can be delayed for quite a long time.
    1. trampoline instructor (Bazil Bazil) 27 March 2021 07: 47
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      According to the latest information, the vessel is promised to be refloated within the next week. Few dare to go 9500 miles around Africa: it is very expensive, and ship owners and charterers may not make a profit, the amount of which was originally negotiated.
      Most operators prefer to get stuck in traffic as it will be faster anyway. The points and terms of unloading are strictly stipulated in the contracts of freight and charter, and it is simply impossible to cancel this rigid scheme.
      The winners are those shipowners whose ships are insured in case of violation of the unloading deadlines.
      1. trampoline instructor (Bazil Bazil) 27 March 2021 17: 33
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        From the place of the collision of the bow of the ship, 20.000 tons of sand were removed from the shore, and the ship itself was moved from its place. US military dredging specialists are expected to arrive on March 27.