Suez Canal reopens as the Ever Given Ship is finally freed by salvage crews

The stranded container ship is seen finally on the move and no longer blocking the canal.

Traffic has resumed in Egypt’s Suez Canal after a stranded container ship blocking it for nearly a week was finally freed by salvage crews.

Tug boats honked their horns in celebration as the 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given was dislodged on Monday with the help of dredgers.

Hundreds of ships are waiting to pass through the canal which links the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.

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Suez Canal blocked for the fourth day in a row

The huge 400m-long ship called Ever Given, operated by a Taiwanese company called Evergreen Marine is one of the largest container vessels in the world. Weighing in at 200,000 tonnes it has a maximum capacity of 20,000 containers.

A gust of wind blew the ship off course on Tuesday, causing it to run aground, blocking one of the key waterways in the world, and affecting many other ships.

Blocking one of the world’s busiest trade routes, work is underway to clear the blockage which has created a massive tailback of other ships – more than 160 vessels – which are trying to pass through the canal.

The Suez Canal has long been an important trade route which separates Africa from the Middle East and Asia. As long as it continues the blockage is holding up billions of pounds worth of goods per day.

There is now an effort to refloat the wedged container ship. Read more from the BBC >

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How are freight exports to the EU doing compared to last year?

“The latest available data shows that overall freight volumes are back to their normal levels,” a government spokesman said.

Stenn launches $500 million Covid-19 Recovery ProgramAt the start of the year trade was down sharply, but it is improving. The Cabinet Office says “the outbound flow of lorries across the Short Straits in January was 67% of 2020 levels, and in the first half of February it was 85% of 2020 levels.”

Trade was clearly down in January, but things are getting better as many businesses adjust to the new red tape and costs for trading with Europe.

Covid restrictions have played a big part in the slow start to the trading year as well. There was also significant stockpiling in December, as businesses prepared for the changes with the EU.

For more encouraging statistics and facts, please see the BBC’s article here >

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BIFA encourages members to consider recruiting apprentices

British International Freight Association (BIFA) says latest Border Operating Model adds clarity but expresses concernsAs National Apprenticeship week (8 – 12 February) is almost finished, the British International Freight Association has repeated its call for freight forwarding and logistics companies to consider recruiting apprentices.

An executive director of BIFA, Carl Hobbis said: “We know it’s a tough call, with the pandemic and the post transition period continuing to disrupt many freight forwarders’ operations.

 

…Now, more than ever, we need to promote the industry and give young people employment opportunities. We have had an apprenticeship standard for international freight forwarding for three years and the sector has been in the news more than ever, so what a great time to encourage someone to consider a career in forwarding.”

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COVID-19 VACCINE: The largest international delivery ever

COVID-19 VACCINE: The largest international delivery everHow do you vaccinate a population of billions?
It’s the news the world has been waiting for: the Covid-19 vaccines are here. However, with a population of billions waiting to be vaccinated, the work has only just begun. As the largest international delivery in history gets underway, our partner DHL, looks at the logistical challenges facing the global rollout, and the integral role supply chain infrastructure will play to get the world back on its feet.
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