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Suez Canal Administration allows possibility of unloading Ever Given aground


The Suez Canal Authority is preparing for a scenario to unload the stranded container ship Ever Given, the canal's head of administration Osama Rabie told Al-Arabiya TV.

"We are working around the clock to move the ship, in two ways - towing and dredging," Rabie said, adding that attempts are being made to reach a depth of 18 metres.

"We are preparing for the third scenario, reducing the cargo on the ship. The third scenario is very difficult and will take a long time," he stressed.

Rabie added that a total of 369 ships are waiting to pass through the channel. 

Earlier, a source in the canal administration that the attempt to get the container ship blocking the Suez Canal off the shoal was unsuccessful.

Head of the Suez Canal Authority, said on Saturday that 10 tugboats were trying to bring the vessel off the shoal. He said the situation was complicated by the size of the vessel and the number of containers on it.

The container ship Ever Given, which is 400 metres long and has a capacity of about 224,000 tonnes, was heading from China to the Netherlands and ran aground at the 151st kilometre of the canal on Tuesday. The canal connects the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

Evergreen, which operates the container ship, said on Friday it would take at least two to three days to get the vessel off the shoal.

source: alarabiya.net