It may take weeks to free the container ship blocking the Suez Canal and effectively disrupting world trade, according to Reuters.

  • The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said eight tugs were working to move the Ever Given which got stuck on Tuesday morning following high winds and a dust storm. All traffic has been suspended as of Thursday.
  • “We can’t exclude it might take weeks, depending on the situation,” said Peter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch company Boskalis trying to free the vessel.
  • Berdowski said the ship is “like an enormous beached whale” due to its weight on the sand. Efforts may need a combination of reducing weight by removing containers, oil, and water from the ship along with dredging of sand.
  • The blockage has backed up a total of 156 large container ships, tankers carrying oil and gas, and bulk vessels hauling grain at the end of the canal. 
  • Three ships were being escorted out, with shipping giant Maersk saying it had seven vessels affected.