The massive container ship that’s captured the world’s attention remained stuck in the Suez Canal for a fifth day on Saturday, with authorities unable to predict when it may be dislodged.
Why it matters: More than 300 cargo ships are blocked and waiting for rescuers to free the “Ever Given,” per The New York Times. The ship — which is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall — is also causing incredible downstream damage to the global economy.
The latest: Nearly a dozen tugboats and several dredgers have been working to free the boat, per NYT. Two additional tugboats are on the way to help Sunday.
- Rescuers had hoped to take advantage of high tide to attempt to refloat the ship, but it “came and went without progress,” the NYT noted.
What they’re saying: Osama Rabie, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a press conference Saturday that he could not offer an exact timeline for when the ship would be dislodged, according to AP.
- Rabie said that if pulling the ship fails to move it, rescue teams might have to remove some containers to lighten the load.
- “A significant incident like this is usually the result of many reasons: The weather was one reason, but maybe there was a technical error, or a human error,” Rabie added.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated throughout.