Ships divert around Africa as backlog caused by Ever Given hits 250 vessels

three cargo ships sailing in row in open water

A number of ships appear to be changing course to avoid Egypt’s blocked Suez Canal and sail around the Cape of Good Hope instead.

The trip from Asia to Europe around the southern tip of Africa is longer, but operators may calculate that their vessels will make better time on that route than waiting for the Ever Given to be refloated in Suez.

The backlog of ships caused by the MV Ever Given’s grounding in the Suez Canal has reached 248, according to experts from Lloyds List Intelligence.

Workers trying to free the enormous vessel may have to dig down 16m around it. They have deployed a specialised suction dredger able to shift 2,000 cubic metres of material every hour, with the Suez Canal Authority saying up to 10 times that amount might need to be removed.

It is thought the salvage team is aiming for Saturday’s high tide which might help re-float the container vessel.

The Ever Given, a Panama-flagged ship operated by Taiwan’s Evergreen and owned by Shoei Kisen KK, a Japanese company, became wedged sideways across the vital waterway on Tuesday.

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Source: The Independent

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