The U.S. military is stepping in to help remedy what has been labeled an all-out catastrophe at the Suez Canal.
According to Breitbart, the U.S. Navy is now headed to the passage between the Mediterranean and Red Seas to help free a cargo ship that has been blocking the key waterway since Wednesday.
The US leads the way
Citing a source who spoke with CNN, Breitbart revealed that the Biden administration had been in talks with Egypt to lend American assistance to the growing crisis at the Suez Canal, which began when the MV Ever Given became lodged diagonally in the waterway due to apparent high winds, blocking a key trade route through which some $9 billion in goods passes through each day.
Efforts to dislodge the ship, which weighs roughly 220,000 tons, had proven unsuccessful as of Saturday, when the U.S. Navy was set to arrive to provide assistance.
“The Biden administration is tracking the situation closely,” the unnamed official said, according to Breitbart. “As part of our active dialogue with Egypt, we have offered U.S. assistance to Egyptian authorities to help re-open the canal. We are consulting with our Egyptian partners about how we can best support their efforts.”
“Tracking the situation”
Exactly what kind of “support” the U.S. can offer remains unclear. At a press conference Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House is “tracking the situation very closely.”
“We understand that Egyptian officials are working to remove the tanker as soon as possible and continue traffic,” she added. “As part of our…diplomatic dialogue with Egypt, we’ve offered U.S. assistance to Egyptian authorities to help reopen the canal. We are consulting with our Egyptian partners about how we can best support their efforts.”
Psaki noted that the “conversations are ongoing,” adding: “Hopefully we’ll have more to say about that soon.”
An ongoing problem
In a statement Saturday, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) thanked the U.S. for its help.
“In connection with the ongoing efforts to dislodge the container ship that ran aground during its passage through the Suez Canal, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) values the offer of the United States of America to contribute to these efforts,” the SCA said, according to Breitbart.
The group also said it “looks forward to cooperating with the U.S. in this regard in appreciation of this good initiative which confirms the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries.”
As of Sunday afternoon in Washington, the Ever Given was still stuck in the Suez Canal, USA Today reported.