The Suez Canal administration is preparing for a scenario for unloading the grounded container ship Ever Given, Channel Administration Chief Osama Rabia said in an interview with Al-Arabiya TV.
“We are working around the clock to move the ship in two ways – towing and dredging,” Rabia said, adding that attempts are being made to reach a depth of 18 meters.
“We are preparing for the third scenario – reducing the cargo on the ship. The third scenario is very difficult and will take a long time,” he stressed.
Rabia added that a total of 369 ships are awaiting passage through the canal.
Earlier, a source in the administration of the channel told RIA Novosti that an attempt to remove the container ship that had blocked the Suez Canal was unsuccessful, and they will try to free the ship again on Sunday during high tide.
On Saturday, the head of the administration of the Suez Canal, Osama Rabia, said that 10 tugs are trying to remove the vessel from the shallows. He noted that the situation is complicated by the size of the vessel and the number of containers on it.
The container ship Ever Given with a length of 400 meters and a carrying capacity of about 224 thousand tons was heading from China to the Netherlands and on Tuesday ran aground at the 151st kilometer of the canal, blocking it and blocking traffic. The channel connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas.
Evergreen, which operates the container ship, said Friday that it will take at least two to three days to get the ship aground.