Efforts to Refloat Container Ship Continue Into the Night as Impact of Suez Blockage Grows

Efforts to refloat the container ship blocking the Suez Canal continued into the night of March 25-26, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said.

The authority published this footage showing the dredger Mashhour being used to dislodge the ship. In a statement, the SCA said they aimed to remove 15,000 to 20,000 cubic metres of sand from around the bow of the ship.

The owner of the ship said they aimed to dislodge the ship by Saturday, according to Nikkei Asia.

The Suez Canal Authority said the container ship Ever Given, sailing under the flag of Panama, ran aground as visibility decreased due to a dust storm on March 23. The 400-meter-long ship had a total tonnage of 224,000 tons and was passing through the canal on its journey from China to Rotterdam, the authority said. Credit: Suez Canal Authority via Storyful