Suez: service agency says 37 ships have crossed canal

Situation at 3:30 am, authority estimates 113 transits by 8 am

30 March, 11:13

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, 30 MAR - A total of 37 vessels left the Suez Canal as of 3:30 am Tuesday morning after the container ship Evergreen was dislodged from the canal's banks, according to a tweet by Leth Agencies, a company that provides services to the canal.

    The Evergreen had been blocking the important waterway for a week, creating a traffic jam of 422 ships carrying various cargo.

    Leth Agencies specified that the vessels that left the canal had been waiting in the basin known as Great Bitter Lake (GBL).

    On Monday evening the head of the Suez Canal Authority, Admiral Osama Rabie, had predicted that by 8 am on Tuesday a total of 113 vessels would have left the canal.

    Leth Agencies said it expected that many vessels to transit "today".

    The admiral said it would take three days "or a little more" for all the waiting vessels to pass. (ANSAmed).

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