When you can not move a ship that is quickly stuck in the wall of the canal, which is vital for world trade, there is only one thing left – to call rescue boys.
The Ever Given container ship, weighing 200,000 tons, has been blocking the world’s most powerful waterway, the Suez Canal, since Tuesday morning.
The struggle to dislodge it now draws the world’s attention to the work of the legendary Dutch firm SMIT Salvage, whose crew parachutes from one ship to another, often rescuing ships in severe storms. The company is synonymous with the most daring naval rescue operations, including 2001. Raising a sunken Russian nuclear submarine ելը Removing fuel from the Costa Concordia yacht after colliding in Italy in 2012.
Royal Boskalis Westminster NV unit SMIT is one of the companies appointed by the owner of Ever Given to help transport the ship. The first task will be to find out how much the ship is covered in wall. This was stated by Boskalis spokesman Martin Schuttevar.
“It is very important to check the ship, how deep it is on the river bank,” said Schuttever. “The question is how well-founded he was.”
The answer to that question will dictate what happens next. Rescuers may have had to find a way to lighten the huge weight of the vessel so that it could be pulled into a less obstructive position. It is currently blocking the passage of more than 100 vessels.
The Al Canal accounts for about 10% of maritime trade, covering everything from finished goods to oil, gas and dry heavy goods. And those loads do not flow, while the given Ever is stuck.
The process of making the boat lighter means removing the ballast water, which helps keep the ships stable while they are at sea. “The fuel probably needs to be unloaded,” Schuttaver said.
In the worst case scenario, some of the carrier’s containers, usually filled with everything from furniture to TVs, may have to be removed. How long this process will take will depend on how much equipment is available to lift the heavy load. It can often involve helicopter flights to remove the boxes one by one.
The SMIT will fly with a team of five at dawn local time on Thursday to check on the ship. Much of the initial underwater assessment is how far the shores bend at that point in the canal.
Such teams are usually led by a lifeguard, often a former captain or someone with industry knowledge, but may include divers, welders, and cranes, says Far Joseph Farrell III, Resolve Marine’s director of business development. company offers rescue services. He declined to comment on the specific issue of Ever.
Pictures of the ship, now seen all over the globe, are completely spread across the canal, showing the first major barrier. It was scattered both front and back, almost on the walls of the canal, almost vertically. It leaves very little room for it to just drag from one end to another, says Smith.
For now, the focus is on land reclamation around the ship. Can canal management sent two of its drains, Mashori և on Ramadan 10, to remove the sand from under the water while rescuers tried to pull it out. Ore excavators work around the ship. Analyzing the photos of Ever Given, the western cargo specialists calculated that its protruding lamp was buried 5 meters in the wall of the canal.
Not everything underlying is bad news. One thing that is likely to make the process easier is that the ship sank in the sand instead of rock. The more obedient material around Ever Given should run a little smoother.
There are already tugs around the ship that are working to help remove it, but such a giant ship usually requires larger horsepower. The staff hopes that the higher wavelengths over the next few days will be helpful in helping out.
Until then, the world’s maritime commodity markets and the world trade they serve will be suspended, waiting for the help of specialists to transport 200,000 tons of ships.
“There are only a few companies in the world that do what we do,” Farrell said. “It’s a challenge, container vessels are always the biggest job.”
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