- Sep 5, 2018
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As I previously posted, the Suez Canal is not the engineering marvel the Panama Canal is. It's been a number of years since I've been there. But, basically it's just a ditch dug through the desert. Vessels travel through under their own power. Assisting tugs, if any, are dependent on the size of the vessel. I would assume this very large container ship would have had the maximum number of tugs available. "Available" is the key word here. When things break down in that area it can take a very long time before they're back on line. Easy to say that the adequate number of tugs were not involved. Cause? Not sure. They say excessive wind. I've read other ships were having similar problems in that area. Maybe true. But, if the following vessels were slowing/stopping due to the restriction ahead, their ability to maintain a heading diminishes drastically at very slow speeds. Again, tugs at hand become a determining factor. I'm curious if this has ever happened before. Seems likely that it has. But, were they vessels this large and as hard aground as this? I've read that Smit Lloyd, a very capable International Marine Company, has been hired to free the container ship. Below deck ballast could be easily pumped off to lighten the vessel. But, then with the tremendous amount of weight above deck, a stability issue could arise. Many additional unseen containers are likely below deck and not easily removed at this time. Removal of the above deck containers isn't easy in this situation. In any case, that one little back hoe in the photo is very unlikely to get the job done. This is going to take some time.
They sit there much longer and it's time for gyros.Read this morning that 7 of the ships stuck behind this behemoth are carrying live animals.
Mostly sheep headed for Arab countries from AU and NZ. Some are carrying cattle too. Over 90,000 head.