How to dismantle a 400-meter container ship half-leg buried on the shore of a canal necessary for global trade? Digging, removing sand and pulling it out with locomotives, hoping everything will go well.
On Friday they tried to get off, to no avail, The container ship Ever Given, which has been stranded since Tuesday in the Suez Canal, according to Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (SPM), the Singapore-based company responsible for the technical management of the Suez Canal. A ship of more than 200,000 tons.
At least eight boats and four rigs are involved in the effort to undo this traffic congestion Caught More than 200 cargo ships and carriers at an unprecedented order time that may take weeks to resolve.
Regarding all the rescues it has managed to take, it appears that this is a simple matter Confusing “It was, however, advertised to France Press agency Former captain Yvonne Mons who was in the past in charge of rescue operations for the shipowner at Les Abeilles and specialized in towing operations.
“Of course, she has a bow bulb [la protuberancia de la parte delantera del barco] In the sand, but that’s not really a problem. ”“ The sand is removed and the ship floats naturally! ” In principle, the ship is not damaged, because there are no rocks in that area, he said.
Ever Geffen is not only stuck in the sand on the surface, it is also trapped inside the beach.He, however, pointed out France Press agency Plamen Natzkoff, VasselsValue Consulting Expert.
“We will have to dig where the ship is stuck, so it can move again. Obviously, that’s a great job.”Natzkoff considered.
To do this, according to the expert, Rigs will be needed to dig shore and dredges will be needed to suck the sand out from under the boat. After that, the locomotives may intervene. Egypt has the capacity to provide the necessary manpower. But It is clear that It’s a huge logistical challenge and it will take time. ”, pointed out.
Rescue teams must hurry to take advantage of the high tide on Sunday night. “If they can’t untie it, the next high tide won’t come for another fifteen days and that could be a problem.”Added.
According to the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), between 15,000 and 20,000 cubic meters of sand would have to be removed to a depth of between 12 and 16 meters to be able to float the huge container ship.
Egypt has received several proposals for international assistance, including from the United States, and this Friday from Turkey, which offered a large tugboat.
Two additional boats weighing 220-240 tons are expected to be deployed on Sunday. Explanation of Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement.
But No one can predict with certainty how long the operations will continue. An official from the Dutch company Smit Salvej, which was called to rescue the ship, said on Wednesday that it could take “days or even weeks” to re-float the “Ever Geffen”.
The grounding at Ever Given, which occurred on Tuesday most likely due to violent winds accompanied by a sandstorm, caused major traffic jams.
This incident resulted in delayed shipments of consumer goods from Asia to Europe and North America, as well as movement of agricultural products in the opposite direction. As of Friday, some 237 ships, including tankers and dozens of container ships, were waiting to cross the canal, which handles about 12% of global trade.
Shipping giant Maersk and German Hapag Lloyd indicated that they were considering diverting their ship and passing through the Cape of Good Hope, a 9,000-km voyage and 10 additional days on the borders of the African continent.
About 19,000 ships crossed the canal in 2020, according to the SCA, an average of just over 51 ships per day.
According to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty report on maritime safety, “The Suez Canal has an excellent balance of safety as a whole, and shipping accidents are extremely rare, with 75 in the past decade.”
With information from Agence France-Presse