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Tug Boats Scramble to Move Massive Ship Blocking Suez Canal

  • The waterway is a crucial route for tankers, container ships
  • About 180 ships are gridlocked around the Egyptian canal
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WATCH: More than 180 ships are gridlocked in the Suez Canal in both directions unable to get through one of the busiest waterways in the world. Some experts say the best chance for freeing the ship may not come until Sunday or Monday. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Tugs and diggers have so far failed to dislodge a massive container ship stuck in the Suez Canal for a third day, increasing the chances of prolonged delays in what is arguably the world’s most important waterway.

Work to re-float the Ever Given was suspended until Thursday morning in Egypt, shipping agent Inchcape said, citing the Suez Canal Authority. Dredgers are still trying to loosen the vessel before any attempt to pull it out, the ship’s manager said.