The United States is ready to help clear the container ship that has blocked the Suez Canal for four days, particularly by sending a team of US Navy experts who could arrive very quickly on the scene, US officials said.
Washington and Cairo are discussing assistance in solving the problem of the grounded container ship Ever Given, the White House said. The Pentagon claims that the experts of the US Navy for deep work will go to Egypt.
The US authorities have offered Egypt assistance in solving the problem with the grounded container ship Ever Given in the Suez Canal. Washington and Cairo are negotiating exactly how the American side can help, White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said on Friday, March 26. “We are closely monitoring the situation,” she added.
A group of specialists in the deep work of the United States Navy will go to the scene of the incident no later than March 27, CNN notes, citing unnamed interlocutors at the US Department of Defense.
Container ship deviated from course and ran aground.
The 400-meter Triple E container ship MV Ever Given ran aground in the southern part of the Suez Canal on the night of March 24. A ship en route from China to the Netherlands completely blocked traffic through the canal in both directions. The Taiwanese company Evergreen, which chartered the container ship, said that the incident was due to weather conditions. As a result of a gust of strong wind, the ship deviated from its course.
The container ship, built-in 2018 and holding 20,000 shipping containers, is located off Egypt’s coast. Participants in the operation in the Suez Canal deepen the seabed around the ship.
Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal is the most important route for the supply of oil from the Middle East to Europe and the United States and, in general, one of the world’s most important trade routes. It accounts for 10 percent of global maritime trade, with about 19,000 ships passing through it in 2020.
Note: The Ever Given, a 400-meter-long container ship, has been stuck since Tuesday across the Suez Canal, which sees nearly 10% of international maritime trade pass.