Suez Canal salvage teams were alternating between dredging and tugging on Sunday to dislodge a massive container ship blocking the busy waterway, but two sources said efforts had been complicated by rock under the ship’s bow.
Dredgers working to dislodge the stranded vessel have so far shifted 27,000 cubic metres (954,000 cubic feet) of sand, to a depth of 18 metres (59 feet), and efforts would continue around the clock, wind conditions and tides permitting, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement.
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has ordered preparations for the possible removal of some of the ship’s cargo to help refloat it, SCA Chairman Osama Rabie told Egypt’s Extra News.
Any operation to lighten the ship’s load would not start before Monday, an SCA source said.
Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan reports.
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