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ScoutJock27 Mar 2021 7:24 p.m. PST

Why haven't the Egyptians tried to use high pressure water hoses to free the ship blocking the canal?

They blew gaps that way in the sand ramparts lining the canal when they crossed it to start the 73 war.

I would think this wouldn't be much different.

sillypoint27 Mar 2021 7:39 p.m. PST

It can be quite painful……

John the OFM27 Mar 2021 7:44 p.m. PST

This ship, and its captain, we're involved in a similar incident in Germany a few years ago when it rammed a dock. They blamed a power failure and high winds. He deserves to keep his job, n'est-ce pas?

It was doing 15 knots in an 8 knot zone.

It's stuck real good.

It's time to pass the hat and open a second channel. After they clear this one of course. Chinese will finance it.

walkabout27 Mar 2021 8:06 p.m. PST

Those were sand ramparts, this looks like hard packed earth. Otherwise the massive ships going past year after year would have destroy the canal.

epturner27 Mar 2021 8:13 p.m. PST

Nice to see the high professional level of marine transportation personnel here… and no, I don't mean you Haze Grey types, either…

Just saying.


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian27 Mar 2021 8:22 p.m. PST

ScoutJock I had the same thoughts

fantasque28 Mar 2021 4:55 a.m. PST

If you jetted the banks the sand would go into the canal making it shallower around the ship. That is the exact opposite of what needs to be achieved.

dmebust28 Mar 2021 7:58 a.m. PST

Unloading is going to be a job. Bring in the helicopters.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2021 9:12 a.m. PST

Seems to be a bigger problem then I would think it should ? But for some reason it appears to be a lot harder to dig out, etc. ? Wish them luck … it could a real "cluster Bleeped text all the way around.

I'm no sailor and the last time I was near a canal was in Panama, CZ in the early '80s with the US ARMY. old fart

David Manley28 Mar 2021 11:08 a.m. PST

The ship.jsnt just dug into the east bank, the forward third or so is also grounded, as the canal is quite a bit shallower on that side

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2021 5:11 p.m. PST

The news said today tugs manage to get it to move a little …

Thresher0128 Mar 2021 5:16 p.m. PST

I suspect nefarious forces are watching with interest, AND learning.

John the OFM28 Mar 2021 8:18 p.m. PST

Bad Guy #1: "Hey. There's an idea!"
Bad Guy #2: "Brilliant, your Excellency!"

Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2021 9:00 p.m. PST


That's pretty good progress, I guess.

Personal logo Legion 4 Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2021 9:32 a.m. PST

Saw that on the news today. They may have to look at doing something so this won't happen again.

Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2021 10:29 a.m. PST

Just been on the news, the Suez canal is clear!

Just a huge backlog to clear!

John the OFM29 Mar 2021 11:57 a.m. PST

The ship is being towed to the Great Bitter Lake (Isn't that a great descriptive name?) for "evaluation".
I wonder if the Captain will be retiring soon "to spend more time with his family".
I understand that there will be a lot of expensive repairs and dredging needed. Who will pay for it? Hopefully the shipping line.

John the OFM29 Mar 2021 5:59 p.m. PST

I think I detect a pronounced list.
I think if Egypt seizes the ship once it gets to the Great Bitter Lake, that might pay for repairs. And a new channel.

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