The ships were moving slowly again through the Suez Canal on Tuesday, hours after the engineers Ever Geffen released And disinfect the waterway for global traffic.
Shipowners, exporters and importers are now racing to secure berths and containers at ports, while warning of delays and rising costs for shipments that are slowly starting to move toward their destinations again. Shipping lines sent many ships on alternative routes, including around the southern tip of Africa, delaying arrival and adding costs. Port authorities are Preparing for a flood of arrivals As the diverted ships arrive and the Suez ships are delayed at the head of the regular traffic.
The Evergiven, a 1,300-foot container vessel, had been confined in the canal for more than a week until excavators, powerful tugs and tides helped lift it for free. The ship was towed out to anchorage by a canal passage. Once the canal was empty, the first ships stuck in the waterway entered the Red Sea.
The Gulf Agency Company, a shipping services company operating in Suez, said a total of 437 vessels were blocked due to the grounding of Evergiven. Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, which manages the 120-mile shipping route, said on Tuesday that 113 ships have crossed in both directions since the road reopened, and another 95 are expected by evening. That’s on top of the typical 50 or so flights, which can take up to 16 hours. He told a news conference that the impasse would be ended within three to four days.
Dozens are also anchored at Great Bitter Lake, an inland body of water along the canal route, as rescuers towed the Ever Given. Authorities inspect it to dock for damage.