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Two more tugboats join effort to free Ever Given stuck in Suez Canal


Two additional tugboats were speeding to Egypt’s Suez Canal on Sunday to aid efforts to free a huge container ship which has been wedged across the vital waterway for days.

The Ever Given, a Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned ship that carries cargo between Asia and Europe, got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal on Tuesday.

Since then, authorities have been unable to remove the vessel and traffic through the canal – valued at more than 9 billion US dollars (£6.5 billion) a day – has been halted, further disrupting a global shipping network already strained by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dutch-flagged Alp Guard and the Italian-flagged Carlo Magno, called in to help tugboats already there, reached the Red Sea near the city of Suez early on Sunday, satellite data from MarineTraffic.com showed.

The tugboats will nudge the 1,312ft (400m) long Ever Given as dredgers continue to vacuum up sand from underneath the vessel and mud-caked to its port side, said Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, which manages the Ever Given.



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