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    Ship stuck in the Suez Canal

    Cost estimates from the backup are at $400 mil/hr?



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    Gary - I read this morning that a rising tide is expected to help the effort to free the vessel today. More important is the fact that a US Navy team is on the way to Egypt to assist and should arrive today.
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    It's always been a bottleneck. In '88 I went through the Suez Canal (and the Panama Canal) as part of a Marine unit on a U.S. Navy ship, returning from the Persian Gulf. We had to wait a day because there is that stretch where northbound ships go through one day, and southbound ships go through the next. It is quite narrow, and amazing that this is the first time in over one hundred-fifty years that it has happened.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    ... a rising tide is expected to help the effort to free the vessel today ...
    So, how does a tide (high or low) help in this case? A man-made canal with locks is designed to negate the effects of higher/lower water levels on either end. Am i thinking wrongly?
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    From wikipedia, there are no locks on the Suez Canal. And from something else, the initial surveys for the canal showed virtually no difference in altitude for either end of the canal.
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    I found this bit of information:

    'Is the Suez Canal tidal?
    It contains no locks; seawater flows freely through it. In general, the canal north of the Bitter Lakes flows north in winter and south in summer. South of the lakes, the current changes with the tide at Suez. The canal is owned and maintained by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) of Egypt".


    Since this blocking vessel is toward the southern end of the canal, then perhaps a rising tide will help.
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    It's a big ship-

    The 400m-long (1,300ft), 200,000-tonne vessel ran aground on Tuesday morning amid high winds and a sandstorm that affected visibility.

    With 20,000 containers on board.



    Not like pushing your Boston Whaler off the sand bar.

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    Harbor Freight sells winches at reasonable prices, but I guess they didnít think of that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akbeemer View Post
    Harbor Freight sells winches at reasonable prices, but I guess they didnít think of that.
    May need Canal Freight for that

    I wonder if the current is creating a vortex that is dropping sand on the down-stream side effectively lock the ship in place?

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    Quote Originally Posted by detbmw View Post
    It is quite narrow, and amazing that this is the first time in over one hundred-fifty years that it has happened.

    Keep in mind that these container ships are relatively new, and getting bigger all the time. 50 years ago ships were tiny in comparison. But as narrow as the canal is it is surprising it doesn't happen with some regularity.
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    No guard rails?


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    No guard rails?

    With all due regard the Suez Canal is a 120 mile long 19th century dirt ditch dug across the Egyptian desert. For many years it offered one-way traffic: northbound one day, south bound the next. I understand it has now been dug out a little wider in spots to accomplish what, I have no idea. Two-way traffic? Passing zones?
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    The Dutch have come to the rescue; Smits and another outfit. Hip hip hoora! It's the biggest vessel they've dealt with in 180 years. Smits is the outfit that raised the Kursk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    With all due regard the Suez Canal is a 120 mile long 19th century dirt ditch dug across the Egyptian desert. For many years it offered one-way traffic: northbound one day, south bound the next. I understand it has now been dug out a little wider in spots to accomplish what, I have no idea. Two-way traffic? Passing zones?
    Widened to make it more difficult for the Egyptian and Israeli armies to cross it.
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    I expect that a portion of the containers (~20,000 loaded)will have to removed to refloat the ship, pulling on the ship may open the hull or worse make it tip over. It is very difficult to understand the size and weight of the ship.

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