Suez Canal authorities said on Saturday that tugboats will make use of the high tide to try and dislodge the stuck cargo ship, BBC reports.
Why it matters: More than 270 boats are blocked and waiting for the Ever Given to be removed, per The Washington Post. The cargo ship — which is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall — is causing incredible downstream damage to the global economy.
- High tide is expected at around 10 p.m. local time, according to CNN.
- "More [tugboats] will arrive on Sunday if the latest attempt fails," BBC writes.
What they're saying: Osama Rabei, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a press conference on Saturday that he could not offer an exact timeline for when the ship would be dislodged, AP notes.
- Hend Fathy Hussein, the spokeswoman for the Suez Canal Economic Zone, wrote in a Facebook post Saturday that the ship’s rudder had started moving again, the Post reports.
- "The locomotives are now full force and the ship is starting to operate its machines, but it hasn’t been floating yet," Hussein said, per the Post.
What's next: Rabeisaid that if pulling the ship fails to move it, rescue teams might have to remove some containers to lighten the load, per BBC.