At least 16 Greek-owned merchant ships are among the more than 320 stuck waiting on the Suez canal after a giant container vessel was grounded Tuesday, blocking the passage, Shipping Minister Ioannis Plakiotakis said Sunday.
The Shipping and Island Policy and Foreign Affairs Ministries had informed Egypt early on that it was ready to help by either sending tow ships or drilling equipment to help unstuck the containership “Ever Given.”
“We wented to state that we are available and ready to help both in towing and dredging,” Plakiotakis said, adding that the incident creates a “huge problem.”
“Over 10% of global trade moves through the Suez canal,” he said.
This is a huge problem as “More than 10 per cent of world trade goes through the Suez Canal.
Greece is ready to offer its help with means and personnel, we also have 16 Greek ships waiting to cross the canal. We believe that the safe passage through the canal will soon be restored,” the minister stressed.