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Friday September 30th, 2022

Evergreen ship blocking Suez Canal beginning to float helped by Super Moon

ECONOMYNEXT – A ship blocking Suez canal has been refloated helped by rising tides after several days of work with tugs and dredgers, reports said.

Suez Canal Authority said “push and two manuevres” had floated the stern 102 metres away from the canal bank from an earlier 4 metres.

At high tide shortly before noon, operations would resume to pull the bow away.

“Maneuvers are set to be resumed once more during high tide at 11:30 a.m.; as it shall reach 2 m., allowing for the full restoration of the vessel’s direction so it is positioned in the middle of the navigable waterway,” the statement said.

Ever Given, a 20,000 box container carrier was wedged diagonally across the canal on March 23, in storm conditions.

“The MV Ever Given was successfully re-floated at 04:30 lt 29/03/2021,” Inchcape, a shipping service provider said in a message earlier in the day.

“She is being secured at the moment. More information about next steps will follow once they are known.”

SMIT, a top international salvage firm had been hired to help dislodge the ship.

Tides rise as the moon moves over the sea lifting the sea level.

On March 28, is one of four Super Moon events in 2021 when the satellite comes closest to the earth (perigee) in its elliptical orbit.

• March 28, 2021 – “Super Worm Moon” (362,170 km from Earth)
• April 27, 2021 – “Super Pink Moon” (357,615 km)
• May 26, 2021 – “Super Flower Moon” (357,462 km)
• June 24, 2021 – “Super Strawberry Moon” (361,558 km)

Over 300 ships are estimated to be waiting on both sides of the canal expecting to cross. Usually over 50 vessels cross the Suez each day. (Colombo/Mar29/2021)

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