At least 20 of the ships lining up behind the MV Ever Given mega-ship stranded in the Suez Canal contain livestock, sparking animal welfare fears and a ‘biological time bomb’.
Ships line up in both directions in the waterway, as well as in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. Ship traffic data suggests 11 contain cattle, sheep and other animals, while an NGO has identified nine others, according to The Guardian.
The EU coordinator for the NGO Animals International, Gerit Weidinger, said the animals were at risk of “starving, dehydration, injury and waste accumulation”.
“It’s basically a time bomb against the biohazards for animals, crew and anyone involved,” she added.
Efforts to dislodge the mega-ship, which has now been blocking ships and disrupting trade for five days, continued overnight.
20,000 tons of sand were removed by dredges on Friday evening. Heavy tugs will start trying to move the ship 400 meters this weekend.
A stranded vessel could have serious financial consequences
Tanker shipping rates have nearly doubled since the Ever Given stranded.
The megaship currently blocks one of the busiest waterways in the world, where 15% of the world’s maritime traffic passes.
Some shippers may decide to reroute around the Cape of Good Hope, adding two weeks to their trip and additional fuel costs.
None of the 288 waiting ships have yet requested to do so, however, three shipping agents said. Reuters.
Joanna Taylor27 mars 2021 13:04
Tugs sent as 20,000 tons of sand removed from the sub-ship
Rescuers working to dislodge the MV Ever Given hope to do so by early next week with the help of tugs.
Yesterday evening, 20,000 tons of sand were removed from under the vessel trapped by dredges and towing operations were halted.
Heavy tugs are expected to arrive this weekend and redouble their efforts to free the ship, said Peter Berdowski, managing director of Boskalis, the Dutch company aiding the rescue efforts.
He told Dutch TV show Nieuwsuur: “The bow is really stuck in the sandy clay, but the stern has not been fully sunk in the clay, which is positive. We can try to use that as a lever to release it.
“Heavy tugs, with a combined capacity of 400 tonnes, will arrive this weekend. We hope a combination of tugs, bow sand dredging and high tide will allow us to free the vessel early next week.
Boskalis is helping the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) attempt to take off the ship.
Joanna Taylor27 mars 2021 12:55
Trapped cattle could be ‘biological time bomb’, NGO fears
At least 20 of the vessels lining up behind the MV Ever Given mega-ship contain livestock, raising animal welfare concerns and a potential ‘biohazard’.
11 container ships carrying cattle, sheep and other animals have been identified by cargo tracking website Marine Traffic, while nine others have been identified by Australian NGO Animals International, according to The Guardian.
Marine traffic spokesman Georgios Hatzimanolis said three of the carriers, the Omega Star, Unimar and Sea Star, “appear to be stranded at various points along the canal” rather than queuing to enter.
Gerit Weidinger, EU coordinator for Animals International, said: “My biggest fear is that the animals will run out of food and water and get stuck on ships because they cannot be unloaded elsewhere. for paperwork reasons.
“Being stuck on board means there is a risk of starvation, dehydration, injury, garbage buildup, so they can’t lie down and the crew can’t get rid of them either. dead animals in the canal. It is essentially a time bomb against biological hazards to animals, crew and anyone involved.
Companies would travel with two to three days of food, and it is possible that more could be delivered to ships, a process known as intermediate loading.
Joanna Taylor27 mars 2021 12:42
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