It comes as the administration of US President Joe Biden has said it is monitoring the situation closely and examining how it can help resolve the situation.
The 400m-long vessel became stranded when it ran aground in the Suez Canal after being blown sideways by 40-knot winds and a dust storm.
According to CNN, two Defense Department officials said the US Navy in the Middle East would send the assessment team to advise local authorities. The Egyptian administration agreed to accept the offer of assistance, which was forwarded by the US Embassy in Cairo.
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) also welcomed the offer of aid, saying in a statement Friday that it “appreciates the offer of the United States of America to contribute” to efforts to to dislodge the Lord.The SCA added that it “looks forward to cooperating with the United States in this regard to appreciate this good initiative which confirms the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.”
A US official told CNN that the Biden administration is “monitoring the situation closely.”
“As part of our active dialogue with Egypt, we have offered US assistance to the Egyptian authorities to help them reopen the canal. We are consulting our Egyptian partners on how best to support their efforts, ”they said.
The latest attempt to re-float the Ever Given failed on Friday, the vessel’s technical manager said, as additional tugs were pulled and water pumped out of the vessel.
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement said in a statement: “The focus is now on dredging to remove sand and mud from the port side of the bow of the ship.
“Provision is also made for large capacity pumps to reduce water levels in the forward void space of the vessel and in the bow thruster room.
“Another attempt to refloat the vessel earlier today, on March 26, was unsuccessful. The Smit Salvage crew on board confirm that there will be two additional tugs… arriving by March 28th. ”
As the Suez Canal blockage enters its fifth day, the White House said it has seen “some potential impacts on energy markets” as a result of the disruption.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters talks with Egyptian officials were “ongoing.”
Lt. Gen. Osama Rabei, head of the SCA, said in a statement Friday evening that dredgers had stopped removing sand around the bow of the ship and the tugs were preparing for another tow attempt. He did not say if they could have moved the 200,000 ton vessel.
More than 200 ships wait in a maritime traffic jam near the canal, with more than 100 ships en route to the waterway, according to data company Refinitiv. Other ships, including a sister ship of the Ever Given known as the Ever Greet, were diverted to take a route via the Cape of Good Hope to bypass the blockage,
About 10% of world trade passes through the Suez Canal. Its closure could affect shipments of oil and gas, as well as shipments of livestock and other commodities, to Europe from the Middle East and Asia.
According to maritime information newspaper Lloyd’s List, the blockage costs $ 400 million per hour in delayed goods. Experts said it could take weeks to dislodge the vessel and clear the backlog accumulated as a result.
The Japanese owner of the Ever Given, Shoei Kisen, has said he hopes the ship will be released on Saturday evening Japanese time. The president of the company apologized for the disruption caused by the grounding of the vessel and hoped that an expected high tide will help dislodge the vessel.
Additional reports by agencies