Rabie said the canal was losing $13-14 million in revenue daily after halting traffic due to the grounded ship and that 369 vessels were waiting to transit the canal.
Satellite data from MarineTraffic.com showed that the ship's bulbous bow, once firmly lodged in the canal's eastern bank, had been wrested from the shore.
But Rabie on Saturday acknowledged that "technical or human errors" led to the Panama-registered super container ship's grounding.
Consumers everywhere soon found that ordering online was an adventure in the unknown, with many factories shut down and trade between Chinese provinces stalled. Speaking on Sunday to the pro-government Egyptian television channel Extra News, Rabei said Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi had ordered the canal authority to prepare for all options, including taking containers off of the vessel. He said officials had been in talks with the US about that possibility, without elaborating. As a window for a breakthrough narrows with high tide receding this week, fears have grown that authorities would be forced to lighten the vessel by removing the ship's 20,000 containers - an complex operation, requiring specialized equipment not found in Egypt, that could take days or weeks.
The Suez Canal, one of the world's busiest waterways, is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. The Suez Canal would then re-open to other ships.
A prolonged closure of the crucial waterway would cause delays in the global shipment chain.
About 10% of world trade flows through the canal, with some 19,000 vessels passing through the past year, according to official figures. Container ships accounted for 52.7% of the tonnage in 2019 transiting the canal including shipments from Asia to Europe and the United States east coast as well as vice-versa.
Sunday's attempt to free the Ever Given was postponed - according to the SCA, the next favourable times for refloating the ship will be during high tide, at 11:42 local time (09:42 GMT) on Monday and early Tuesday morning at 00:08.
In a sign of the knock-on effects, authorities in war-wracked Syria said they had to ration already scarce fuel supplies, as the Suez crisis hit Syrian oil imports and the arrival of a ship carrying fuel and other oil products.
Dozens of others still listed their destination as the canal, although shippers increasingly appear to be avoiding the passage.
The true damage and cost is hard to evaluate until the ship is freed and trade resumes, but many firms will have to make critical decisions if the blockage continues for another week.
Stranded ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it ran aground, in Suez Canal, Egypt on March 28, 2021.
"We have until now redirected 15 vessels where we deemed the delay of sailing around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa equal to the current delay of sailing to Suez and queuing." the shipper said.
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