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« on: March 24, 2021, 08:44:21 am »

https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/suez-canal-blocked-as-200-000-tonne-mega-ship-gets-stuck/ar-BB1eTprj?ocid=msedgdhp
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« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2021, 09:21:15 am »

A big event unfolding in the Middle East may only be adding to the woes of shipping lines battling the affects of the covid pandemic, that on the other hand has caused shipping freight rates to soar and impact positively on some lines balance sheets. The 2018 built and 20,388TEU containership Ever Given has blocked the Suez Canal in both directions at the southern end after running in to the canal bank. Reportedly buffeted by 50 km winds, tracking imagery of her voyage shows the vessel swerving a little before impact that may have caused her to touch bottom and lead her bow to swing into the canal bank, locking the vessel in a broadside position across the canal. Reports are also suggesting the 400 meter vessel may have had a blackout.
It is now more than 12 hours since the vessel became stuck and the seriousness of the situation is growing as the initial 15 vessels caught up have bene joined by many others leaving Europe, or trying to get to Europe via the Egyptian waterway. A fortunate vessel was the COSCO Shipping Galaxy ahead of the stricken vessel in the convoy, while unfortunate is the American flagged 6,180 TEU Maerk Denver that was following and is now trapped reminiscent of the "Bitter Lakes Group" during the 1967 Egypt/Israel conflict. Several tugs are at the scene and have started trying to move the vessel, backed up by a front-end loader on the canal bank. It appears the clearance operation will take a number of days and necessitate digging out a portion of the canal wall. Ever Given is actually owned by Japanese shipowner Shoei Kisen KK, part of the Imabari Group that also owns the Koyo Dockyard in Mihara who built the vessel, and one report has Evergreen calling for the owner "report the cause of the accident".
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2021, 10:59:23 am »

Some of the older section of the canal has been reopened to allow some vessel movement, so it's not a total blockage.
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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2021, 11:59:10 am »

near Suez the channel is only the "old" channel. By pass starts on the Bitter Lake to Port Said.Here you have old and new waterways
So all is blocked now.

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I'm far away from the sea to Hamburg I have a longer distance as to Venice or Genova.
My favorite is the Suezchannel, Panamacannal  and since 2006 also Chinese harbours. I've a lot of pictures and I don't show them because here at shipspotting.com is a copyright problem
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2021, 03:26:42 pm »

This may create a Yellow Fleet 2.0 since vessels can't get in or out. Since the other side is still accessible on its northern side, maybe they can tow out each vessel one at a time. Though that would take money and time.
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2021, 07:00:56 pm »

Vessel is still traversed 5,7 nm north of Suez.

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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2021, 12:08:23 am »

Nothing new under the sun..
http://www.canalzoners.co.uk/Incidents/El%20Firdan%20Bridge%20Crash.htm

Not sure what Stavros would have thought about being described as Arri's brother in law....

Ever Given's   bulbous bow is well into the bank.... dig that out and clear a bit under her port bow and she will be on her way....

The canal isn't duplicated at that point so the canal is well and truly closed to through traffic just now.
No south bound traffic below the Bitter Lakes so the only ships 'proper stuck' are the few astern of Ever Given.
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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2021, 02:00:34 pm »

The Asia Ruby III and Maersk Denver that were astern of Ever Given have now been moved south out of the canal.
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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2021, 07:20:34 pm »

In my humble opinion, I believe that the transit of these huge ships should be analyzed and studied again to carry out the transit through the Panama and Suez Canals. It should be considered that both canals (Panama and Suez) were built and delivered in the early 20th century, existing at that time; ships with a totally different design to those of now, with a smaller size and tonnage, measures more different than the current ones, this would require a restructuring of the transit of this new design of these vessel, the number of containers embarked on board and the conditions of the trimming of the containers plus the quantity of containers embarked on board.

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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2021, 09:55:54 pm »

Agree with Tomislav Raymondi-100%-Obvious but too late
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2021, 02:03:25 am »

Tomislav,
The big difference between Suez, which dates from 1869, and Panama is that Suez is a sea level canal with no locks. They have been constantly widening, deeping, and more recently duplicating, it since it was built.
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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2021, 07:52:58 am »

Tomislav,

This already happens. When designing a Panamax or Suezmax ship a lot of work goes into the characteristics needed to transit the canals, not just the dimensions but the handling, windage, squat, etc.

What happened in the canal happens regularly all over the world, ships loose power through a blackout. This has happened in just about the worst place possible. Other cases are not as spectacular, but there have been cases of large container ships running aground in the Schelde, for example, through power loss. The question is of redundancy, and how quickly alternative power kicks in.
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2021, 09:38:16 am »

Can't they unload the forward containers from shore? Lift up bow
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« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2021, 02:46:09 pm »

Suez canal blockage seen from space...

https://www.space.com/stuck-ship-suez-canal-satellite-photos
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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2021, 03:05:23 pm »

Well done Jerry-Zoomed in great!!!
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