Suez Canal Authority says will cooperate with US to float stranded cargo ship

Stranded container ship Ever Given one of the worlds largest container ships is seen after it ran aground in Suez Canal Reuters
Stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it ran aground, in Suez Canal. (Reuters)

Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority said on Friday that it looks forward to cooperating with the United States in efforts to float the stranded container ship that has blocked shipping traffic for three days. Suez Canal

“The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) values the offer of the United States of America to contribute to these efforts, and looks forward to cooperating with the US in this regard,” it said in a statement.The 400 meters long Ever Given has been stuck in the canal since Tuesday and efforts are under way to free the vessel although the process may take weeks amid bad weather.

Officials monitor a container ship which was hit by strong wind and ran aground in Suez Canal, Egypt March 24, 2021. (Reuters)
Officials monitor a container ship which was hit by strong wind and ran aground in Suez Canal, Egypt March 24, 2021. (Reuters)

The suspension of traffic through the narrow channel linking Europe and Asia has deepened problems for shipping lines that were already facing disruption and delays in supplying retail goods to consumers.

Analysts expect a larger upward impact on smaller tankers and oil products, like naphtha and fuel oil exports from Europe to Asia, if the canal remained shut for weeks.

“Around 20 percent of Asia’s naphtha is supplied by the Mediterranean and Black Sea via the Suez Canal,” said Sri Paravaikkarasu, director for Asia oil at FGE, adding that re-routing ships around the Cape of Good Hope could pile about two more weeks to the voyage and more than 800 tonnes of fuel consumption for Suezmax tankers.

Fuel is a ship’s single biggest cost, representing up to 60 percent of operating expenses. Suez Canal

source: Reuters

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