Navy sends team to Suez Canal to help dig massive passage blocking ships

Navy sends team to Suez Canal to help dig massive passage blocking ships


The US Navy will assist the Egyptian government in the operation to unearth a giant container ship currently stuck laterally in the Suez Canal.

The MV Ever Given, owned by Japanese firm Shoei Kisen KK, hit bottom of the canal on Tuesday.

Since then, the blockage has severely disrupted traffic on the canal. The ship is said to have started moving on Wednesday, but it remains grounded on Friday.

U.S. Navy officials have pledged to send a team of experts, including engineers skilled in dredging operations, to help Egyptian officials dig up the ship.

“We have offered, and are ready to help Egypt, and we will seek to support any specific request we receive,” Cmdr. Jessica L. McNulty, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said in an email to Fox News. “We are continuing to monitor and assess the situation, but we have nothing to provide on potential specific support at this time.”

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At a White House press conference on Friday, press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that the United States had “offered help” to the Egyptians.

“The Egyptians want to do it themselves, we are just here to help them,” a Pentagon official told Fox News. “We are here to advise in any capacity they wish.”

CNN was the first to report that the Navy had sent a team to Egypt.

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The channel accounts for around 10% of all global trade flows. Sea traffic congestion rose to more than 200 ships on Friday, with some ships changing course as dredgers continue to try to free Ever Given.

“The Suez Canal will spare no effort to ensure the restoration of navigation and serve the movement of world trade,” said Lieutenant General Ossama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal Authority.

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The Ever Given is taller than the Empire State Building and is anchored approximately 3.7 miles from the southern entrance to the canal.

Experts say it could take up to a week at the best of times to free the ship, but it’s more likely that it will last for weeks.

The disruptions could cause up to $ 10 billion in losses every day, some experts say.

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Coincidentally, the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower is currently in the Eastern Mediterranean during this latest “Suez Crisis”.

Then-president Dwight D. Eisenhower viewed the Suez Crisis of 1956 as the greatest foreign policy failure of his presidency.

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