Spring high tide can help ever refloat

The tides recede, then return, but the boat blocking the Suez Canal still does not move.

Monday, however, will bring an unusually high tide, called the “principle” tide, to the channel. The water level in the canal is expected to rise up to 18 inches, which could help dislodge the Ever Given, as reported by The New York Times and other media.

Tugboats and dredging crews are working to refloat the ship, which has blocked the channel since Tuesday. They moved it slightly on Saturday. But Monday’s tide will add some extra room for it to float, which could help move the vessel, experts say.

“The significance of that high water is that it’s higher than when you grounded, so in theory it gives you your best shot,” said retired British Navy commander Tom Sharpe. , to the Wall Street Journal.

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Tides for the next seven days at the Suez Canal.


“You have a significant increase in water in there,” Richard Meade, editor of Lloyd’s List Maritime Intelligence, told Bloomberg.

Spring tides are also called “royal tides,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA0). “Spring” refers to the “upsurge” of the tide when a new or full moon arrives, according to NOAA.

NOAA Spring Tide Chart

Spring tides occur with the arrival of a new or full moon.


After Monday, when spring tides peak, high tides will begin to recede, according to Tide-Forecast data. As the tides recede, it may become more difficult to refloat the Ever Given, although Reuters reported that experts were divided on the matter.

If the ship cannot be moved quickly, crews will begin removing some of the containers aboard the ship, attempting to lighten its load, Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, chairman of the Canal Authority, told reporters on Saturday. Suez. This process can take weeks.

“I think the most likely outcome is that it will be refloated on Sunday or Monday. But the worst case scenario (stranded for weeks) is a real possibility,” Transporeon’s Clemens Schapoler told Reuters.

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