Dredgers have joined efforts to completely refloat the giant container ship Ever Green grounded in the Suez Canal for over two days to free the waterway for other ships, Gulf Agency Company (GAC), the leading shipping and logistics company operating the canal, said on Thursday. The entire crew of 25 Indians of the ship is safe, said the company managing the container.
As of Wednesday, the operator said that the ship was partially refloated and placed alongside the Canal bank.
As per media reports, the ship along with the Indian crew had two pilots from Egypt’s canal authority aboard the vessel to guide it when the grounding happened around 7:45 am on Tuesday.
Earlier on Thursday, a source in the company told Sputnik that the waterway — one of the world’s busiest trade routes — was still blocked and the rescue operation involving eight tugs to refloat the 400-meter (1,312-foot) ship was underway.
“Efforts are continuing today (25 March) to completely refloat the container vessel that ran aground on Tuesday, bringing Suez Canal transits to a halt. Two dredgers have now been sent to assist the operation, which is still ongoing,” the GAC said in a press release.