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Efforts on to dislodge ship caught in Suez Canal

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Dredgers working to dislodge the stranded vessel have to date shifted 27,000 cubic metres of sand, to a depth of 18 metres.

Suez Canal salvage groups have been alternating between dredging and tugging on Sunday to dislodge an enormous container ship blocking the busy waterway, whereas two sources stated efforts had been sophisticated by rock below the ship’s bow.

Dredgers working to dislodge the stranded vessel have to date shifted 27,000 cubic metres of sand, to a depth of 18 metres (19.7 yards), and efforts would proceed across the clock in accordance with wind circumstances and tides, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) stated.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered preparations for the potential removing of a number of the ship’s 18,300 containers, SCA Chairman Osama Rabie informed Egypt’s Extra News.

Any operation to lighten the ship wouldn’t begin earlier than Monday, an SCA supply stated, as salvage groups attempt to make the most of excessive tides earlier than they recede subsequent week to manoeuvre the ship free.

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