Cargo ship Ever Given partially turned in the Suez Canal. But ‘don’t cheer too soon,’ official says.
One of the largest ships in the world was partially refloated and turned in the Suez Canal on Monday as hopes heightened that hundreds of waiting ships would soon be sailing through the crucial global waterway.
The salvage crew leader hired to free the ship, however, warned that much work remained before the ship is freed and the canal reopened.
“Don’t cheer too soon,” Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, told Dutch NPO Radio 1. “The good news is that the stern is free but we saw that as the simplest part of the job.”
The stern of the Ever Given, which had been grounded about four yards from the bank, has been swung more than 100 yards away, the Egyptian-owned Suez Canal Authority said in a statement.
“This was the result of successful push and tow maneuvers, which led to the restoration of 80% of the vessel’s direction,” the statement said.
Admiral Osama Rabie, who manages the authority, said work continued and that the ship should be moved “very soon.” He pledged the more than 360 ships awaiting passage would start to flow through the canal “immediately upon the complete restoration of the vessel’s direction.”
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Videos showed tugboats in the canal blaring their horns in celebration. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi spoke optimistically of the efforts on social media.
“Today, the Egyptians have succeeded in ending the crisis of the delinquent ship in the Suez Canal despite the tremendous technical complexity that surrounded this process from every side,” he tweeted.
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