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* Two attempts to dislodge the container ship – and reopen the critical global trade route – will be made today
* The Panama-flagged vessel, which is as long as the Empire State building, has been stuck since Tuesday
* Osama Rabie, Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority chief, today said that ‘technical or human errors led to the crash’
The Ever Given cargo carrier which ran aground on the banks of the Suez Canal has moved for the first time in five days – as authorities today admitted ‘human error’ may be to blame for the blockage.
Osama Rabie, Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority chief, confirmed efforts to dislodge the container ship from the critical trade route had allowed for its stern and rudder to move, adding he could not predict when it would be refloated.
He said he remained hopeful that a dredging operation could free the Ever Given without having to resort to removing its cargo to lighten it. Mr Rabie added strong tides and winds were complicating efforts to free it.
Suez Canal Blockage — News Updates March 27, 2021