Last Group Of Stranded Ships To Cross Suez Canal

The last group of ships, stranded due to the grounding of the massive container ship Ever Given in the Suez Canal, were scheduled to  cross the waterway on Saturday. 

In a statement, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Osama Rabie, said the remaining 61 ships, in addition to newly-arrived 24 vessels, will pass through the canal on Saturday. 

He stressed that the work has been ongoing to ensure that all stranded ships cross the canal. 

On March 23, the 400-metre-long and 59-metre-wide Panama-flagged vessel stuck and blocked the vital waterway after it lost the ability to steer amid massive winds and a sandstorm. 

The incident caused a six-day suspension of navigation in the man-made canal, keeping at least 422 ships wait. 

Linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, the Suez Canal is a major lifeline for global seaborne trade since it allows ships to travel between Europe and South Asia without navigating around Africa, thereby reducing the sea voyage distance between Europe and India by about 7,000 kilometres. 

Xinhua reports that some 12 per cent of the world trade volume passes through the Suez