Suez Canal: Ever Given freighter’s stern has moved – but still stuck and now causing fuel shortages | World news

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 Suez Canal: Ever Given freighter's stern has moved - but still stuck and now causing fuel shortages |  World news


Experts working to free a freighter – which has been stuck in the Suez Canal for five days – have managed to move its stern and restart its rudder and propeller.

Some 9,000 tons of ballast water have been removed from the ship to help lighten it – but Japanese company Ever Given remains stranded – and blocking the critical arterial pathway for global trade.

Heavier tugs are currently deployed on the waterway to attempt to free the vessel again at high tide.

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Nothing moves as the ship gets stuck in the Suez Canal

Authorities say at least 321 other ships are now backed up, waiting to make their journey through the canal.

Lloyds List shipping experts say around £ 6.5bn of trade is blocked every day.

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Tugs are participating in the operation to try to refloat Ever Given in the Suez Canal. Pic: AP

But it is not only the delivery of goods that is hampered by the problems, Syria has now been forced to ration the distribution of fuel in the war-torn country due to problems with delays in shipments through the canal.

Even before the Ever Given skyscraper, carrying goods between Asia and Europe, ran aground on Tuesday, Syria was suffering from fuel shortages mainly caused by Western sanctions.

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Nothing moves as the ship gets stuck in the Suez Canal

The Oil Ministry said that pending the return to normal of maritime traffic through the canal, and in order to ensure the continued provision of basic services to Syrians in bakeries, hospitals, water stations and telecommunications centers, he had been forced to limit the distribution of available oil.

Earlier this year, the Syrian government raised the price of fuel, including subsidized prices, by more than 50%, in the third increase this year.

He also raised the price of cooking gas. Nearly 80% of Syrians live in poverty and 60% are food insecure – the worst food security situation ever seen in Syria, according to the United Nations.

Speaking at a press conference on the progress of the rescue on Saturday, Suez Canal Authority chairman Osama Rabie said he could “honestly not say” when Ever Given might be relaunched.

He added, “Maybe today, God willing, maybe tomorrow, it depends on the situation.

“It depends on how the ship reacts. When it comes to a ship of this size, its behavior is unknown. ”

Regarding how it happened, Mr. Rabie said: “An accident of this magnitude has many errors, many causes, part of which is a technical error, which is under investigation.

“There could also be human error, which is also being investigated.

“There could be a lot of mistakes, but we can’t tell what they are now.

“The only mistake we can be sure of now is the wind and the sandstorm. This is not the main one, as I said, but the rest will become clearer in the investigation. ”

Friday, UK company warns failure of Ever Given could mean higher prices too for UK buyers.

Strong tides and winds are complicating efforts to free Ever Given, and the Egyptian president has said he will then seek help from foreign experts.

Some 14 tugs attempted to move the vessel a quarter mile and dredging began trying to move the sand to help free it.

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