It seems to me the big problem they have is the size of tug they can deploy. The big ocean going tugs that have the required power also create a huge plume of water which, given the depth of the canal, will move large amounts of the sandy bottom, potentially creating an underwater block requiring re-dredging.
They might even have to use those tugs anyway as waterjets to blast the sand from under the ship.
We could start to see ships turning round in the Red Sea to go the long way. Real problem for Syria.
An image which the depth and profile of the bottom of the Suez Canal where the 'Ever Given' is stuck (wedged across). There is only a narrow channel in the canal that is navigable for 15m draft megaships.
All these #EverGiven posts about "just dig out the bow" fail to appreciate quite HOW grounded she is.
This topographic map from https://myshiptracking.com shows the dredged shipping lane is only the left-hand 2/3 of the channel.
I suspect the front 1/3 of the ship is aground.
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