With a length of 400 metres and a width of nearly 60 metres, this giant ship had been wedged in this vital shipping route since 23 March 2021, blocking all shipping traffic.
Peter Berdowski, CEO Boskalis: “Shortly following the grounding of the Ever Given, we were requested through SMIT Salvage to provide assistance with the salvage operation. I am excited to announce that our team of experts, working in close collaboration with the Suez Canal Authority, successfully refloated the Ever Given on 29 March at 15:05 local time, thereby making free passage through the Suez Canal possible again. I’m extremely proud of the outstanding job done by the team on site as well as the many SMIT Salvage and Boskalis colleagues back home in completing this challenging operation under the watchful eye of the world. The time pressure to complete this operation was evident and unprecedented and the result is a true display of our unique capabilities as a dredging and marine services provider.”
For the refloating of the 224,000-tonne container vessel approximately 30,000 cubic metres of sand was dredged to help free the vessel and a total of eleven harbour tugs and two powerful seagoing tugs (Alp Guard and Carlo Magna) were deployed. The vessel has been towed to a location outside the canal for further inspection.
This news was originally published on the website of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V.
Terramare Oy is part of Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. group, a leading global services provider operating in the dredging, maritime infrastructure and maritime services sectors. Boskalis’s services include dredging of fairways and ports, offshore energy infrastructure, port and quay construction as well as towing and marine salvage. Boskalis operates in more than 90 countries across six continents. The group has 9,900 employees and 700 vessels and floating equipment. Terramare’s market area is the Nordic and Baltic countries.