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  • Container Ship Stuck In The Suez Canal OT

    When I saw this picture I thought perhaps it was a joke or something. I don't know how much of this ship is stuck in the muck but trying to dig it out with that shovel is like trying to dig out your 20 footer with a T-spoon. That ship is massive and it dwarfs that shovel and it's loaded. Maybe it's just the front that's buried and it can't pull it self out. I'm not sure of the details.
    Not sure how much of that hull is below the red line but I think this is going to be an interesting challenge.
    They better hope for a high tide.


    https://www.indiatoday.in/trending-n...817-2021-03-26



    JL.....................

  • #2
    It's in a canal. Canals have locks. There are no tides.

    Last thing I read, they were talking about lightening the ship - either by removing fuel or cargo. That article said the cargo removal would take much longer, and time is money. BIG money.

    -js

    EDIT: no locks in this canal. Learned something today...
    Last edited by Jim Stewart; 03-28-2021, 07:13 PM.
    There are no stupid questions. But there are lots of stupid answers. This is the internet.

    Location: SF Bay Area

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    • #3
      The part of the Suez Canal where the ship is stuck does have tides.

      https://shippingwatch.com/carriers/C...le12863109.ece
      Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Jim Stewart View Post
        That article said the cargo removal would take much longer, and time is money. BIG money.
        -People are saying $4 million a minute, and rising, as additional shipping keeps backing up.

        Doc.
        Doc's Machine. (Probably not what you expect.)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Doc Nickel View Post

          -People are saying $4 million a minute, and rising, as additional shipping keeps backing up.

          Doc.
          And the alternative is to go around the tip of Africa, adding (according to an article I read) around ten extra days. More big money. Plus the shippers are worried about pirates if they go that route.

          -js
          There are no stupid questions. But there are lots of stupid answers. This is the internet.

          Location: SF Bay Area

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          • #6
            They should have this dog help them out:

            https://twitter.com/i/status/1374835984852996101
            http://pauleschoen.com/pix/PM08_P76_P54.png
            Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
            USA Maryland 21030

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            • #7
              This picture shows no evidence of a lock on the end shown.
              https://nypost.com/2021/03/26/satell...p-traffic-jam/

              So there'd be no purpose served by a lock on the other end.
              I'm no expert but I think locks only come into play when there's a difference in elevations of two bodies of water over a relatively short distance. The Suez canal is 120 miles long. Would take a long time to raise and lower that amount of water.
              Any difference in elevations over that distance would simply be manifested in currents within the canal.

              The economic impact figure I saw was $4 million per hour. A lot of money either way.
              Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by PStechPaul View Post
                They should have this dog help them out:

                https://twitter.com/i/status/1374835984852996101
                That dog must be the mascot of the US Army Corp of Engineers.
                Lynn (Huntsville, AL)

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                • #9
                  Nobody's talking about what the ship was doing before it got stuck.

                  Pardon the vulgarity, but the joyride before the grounding makes me think this wasn't an accident.

                  https://www.vice.com/amp/en/article/...pic-ever-given

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                  • #10
                    40 MPH cross wind, blown sideways into the bank.

                    Jon
                    SW Mi

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jim Stewart View Post
                      It's in a canal. Canals have locks. There are no tides.

                      Last thing I read, they were talking about lightening the ship - either by removing fuel or cargo. That article said the cargo removal would take much longer, and time is money. BIG money.

                      -js
                      Suez is sea level, there are no locks. Cargo removal would take forever, last I heard it is capable of 10,000~ 20footers. It would also have to be taken off in the reverse of loading to maintain stability.
                      I just need one more tool,just one!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Cheap Jon View Post
                        40 MPH cross wind, blown sideways into the bank.

                        Jon
                        SW Mi
                        That's what I heard too. https://www.usatoday.com/in-depth/gr...al/7010375002/

                        It's a tight squeeze for a ship that size. I have to wonder would a 40 Mph cross wind have much effect on it ?

                        I also heard the captain ditched it deliberately. Had something to do with shipping wars. Not sure of all the details of why, but was more interested in how they are going to get it "un-stuck"

                        They also say it's hull could be compromised as it starting to sag.

                        How do they off load it in the middle of nowhere with out all those over head cranes they have at port.


                        JL..............
                        Last edited by JoeLee; 03-27-2021, 12:00 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by kev74 View Post
                          Nobody's talking about what the ship was doing before it got stuck.

                          Pardon the vulgarity, but the joyride before the grounding makes me think this wasn't an accident.

                          https://www.vice.com/amp/en/article/...pic-ever-given
                          Remember the Exxon Valdez ??? they knew what that captain was doing.

                          JL.............

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                          • #14
                            The solution to the problem is right in front of them, all those queued up ships. Just get as many as possible in the canal, as close to each other as safe and securely anchored. Then with anchors down crank up several hundred thousand horsepower or so and send a wave of water under the naughty Never Again.

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                            • #15
                              What kind of Moron gets that thing stuck in a Canal..

                              He should have set the anchors when things looked bad.

                              I was in the USN for eight years. We have survived a few Typhoons in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

                              Sailed (USN) in the Gulf of Arabia for a year (2x6 months, two separate tours), heavy waters there in October. 30 foot Seas JR

                              The Skipper screwed up maybe
                              My old yahoo group. Bridgeport Mill Group

                              https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/...port_mill/info

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