Vessels change routes due to grounded container ship in Suez Canal

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Ships and tankers began to change routes in connection with the blocking of the Suez Canal in Egypt by the container ship Ever Given. This was reported on March 25 by Bloomberg.

It is noted that some of the 240 ships that were in a quandary while awaiting the opening of the canal went around.

In the south of the Suez Canal, the Panama-flagged container ship Ever Given ran aground on 23 March, blocking the movement of more than 150 ships. The Japanese company Shohei Kisen, the ship’s operator, claims that strong winds were the cause of the incident. The company has already apologized for the current situation. The shipowner stressed that there were no leaks of oil products, none of the crew members was injured.

According to Bloomberg, the incident has already inflated prices for sea freight several times. It was noted that in connection with the accident, the delivery of goods and oil products in the amount of over $ 10 billion was delayed.

On March 25, the Suez Canal administration announced that navigation would resume only after the vessel was raised. This process is hampered by the dimensions of the container ship, which is 400 m long and 59 m wide. On board there are more than 20 thousand heavy containers.