Cat helped to solve the Suez imabarassing issue. As you know, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!“, John Belushi said in Animal House. Cat Marine was decisive in unblocking the Suez Canal, which was blocked by Ever Given.

Cat and Mak are good in the ‘problem solving’

As they remind us: As the world waited and watched for nearly a week, Caterpillar customers were on the job around the clock, helping to refloat a large container ship—named Ever Given—blocking traffic in the Suez Canal. You’ve no doubt heard the story many times by now. A vessel enroute from China to Europe ran aground in the busy maritime thoroughfare. But it wasn’t just any ship. It was one of the world’s largest container ships—nearly a quarter mile long and weighing 200,000 metric tons—that became stuck in the waterway, blocking traffic in both directions. You’ve probably also heard that after nearly a week of being lodged diagonally across the canal, the Ever Given was refloated and commenced its journey along the 120-mile historic waterway. The 400+ vessel backlog waiting to pass through the canal finally dissipated, and now it’s business as usual at the global shipping lane.

127 MW in order to reach the goal

Eleven out of the 15 vessels at the site were powered by MaK and Cat for a combined 127 MW / 172.600 HP MaK and Cat, respective 1061 Tons of Bollard Pull. MaK and Cat power was responsible for an amazing 77% of the total available power on location. Caterpillar Group President Joe Creed said, “We’d like to thank all those who were involved in the chain of events that led to the safe, successful salvage operation of the Ever Given, once again opening maritime traffic in one of the world’s most important waterways.” The situation at the Suez Canal is an excellent example of how Caterpillar customers help build and maintain a better world. Whenever there’s a call for help of that magnitude, you know Caterpillar customers will be there, helping get the job done—backed by our worldwide dealer network, providing the service customers need.

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