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SUE Z, Egypt (AP) – A giant container ship was stranded in Egypt’s Suez Canal for a fifth day on Saturday as authorities prepared to release the ship and reopen a new west-west waterway for global shipping.

The Panamanian-flagged cargo ship Ever Given, which carries cargo through Asia “Europe”, sank on Tuesday in a narrow canal between Africa and the Sinai Peninsula.

The massive ship sank in one of the canal zones, about six kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance, near the city of Suez.

Ever Given’s technical director Bernhard Schulte Schipnage management says an attempt to release it on Friday failed. Plans were underway to pump water from the interior of the ship, and by Sunday two tugs were due to arrive to join the others who were already trying to move the mass ship.

A Suez Canal official said they were going to make at least two attempts to free the ship on Saturday when the tide subsided. He said time depends on the wave.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he had no authority to inform reporters.

At least 10 tugs have been deployed to help refuel the ship, according to Shoei Kisen KK, a Japanese company that owns the container ship.

Shoei Kisen President Yukito Higaki told a news conference that 10 tugboats were stationed at the company’s headquarters in Imapari, western Aponia, and workers were draining the riverbank and seabed near the bow of the ship to try to bring it back to the surface when the tide begins to fade. ,

Shoei Kisen said in a statement on Saturday that the company was considering removing the containers to light the ship if reloading efforts failed, but it would be a difficult task.

The White House said it had offered to help Egypt reopen the canal. “We have equipment, capabilities that many countries do not have, we see what we can do, what assistance we can provide,” President Biden told reporters on Friday.

Saturday’s traffic jam increased to about 280 vessels near the Suez Canal on Saturday, according to the Leth Agence canal service company.

Some ships began to change direction, և dozens of ships were still on their way to the pipeline, according to the data company Refinitiv.

Prolonged closure of a potential water pipeline will delay the global freight chain. About 10% of world trade flows through the canal, which is especially important for oil transportation. The closure could affect oil and gas shipments from the Middle East to Europe.

According to the satellite, in anticipation of long delays, the owners of the stranded ship changed the sister ship, Ever Greet, near Africa.

Others also deviate. Liquefied natural gas carrier Pan Americas changed course in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, now aiming to travel south to the southern tip of Africa, according to satellite data from MarineTraffic.com.

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