It’s still too early to say how long the rescue mission could take, warned the CEO of Dutch company Boskalis, Peter Berdowski, which is trying to free the ship.
“We can’t exclude it might take weeks, depending on the situation,” he told Dutch programme Nieuwsuur.
“It is like an enormous beached whale. It’s an enormous weight on the sand.
“We might have to work with a combination of reducing the weight by removing containers, oil and water from the ship, tug boats and dredging of sand.”