The large container ship trapped in the Suez Canal could be dislodged as soon as Saturday, the vessel’s Japanese owners have said.
Yukito Higaki, president of Shoei Kisen, told a news conference on Friday that 10 tugboats had been deployed to dredge the banks and canal bottom.
The US has also offered to send help, including a team of US Navy experts.
The Ever Given became wedged in the canal on Tuesday, forcing companies to reroute ships around Africa.
The blockage has also caused a huge traffic jam of more than 200 ships in the Red Sea.
Mr. Higaki told a press conference in the western Japanese city of Imabari that they were “continuing work to remove sediment as of now, with additional dredging tools”.
He added that crews were hoping to dislodge the ship as early as Saturday evening Tokyo time, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported.