Stranded Suez container ship freed from shoreline | Daily News

Stranded Suez container ship freed from shoreline

A huge container ship that has been stuck across the Suez Canal for almost a week has been freed from the shoreline, officials say.

The course of the 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given has been corrected by 80%, according to the Suez Canal Authority.

It added that further efforts to move the boat would resume later on Monday.

The Ever Given has been blocking one of the world's busiest trade routes, forcing companies to reroute ships and causing long tailbacks. (BBC News)

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Giant ship blocking Suez Canal refloated

EGYPT: The MV Ever Given was refloated and the Suez Canal reopened Monday, sparking relief almost a week after the huge container ship got stuck during a sandstorm and blocked a major artery for global trade.

World oil prices eased on the news of the reopening of the waterway that connects the Mediterranean and Red Sea and through which more than 10 percent of world trade passes.

The head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Admiral Osama Rabie around 3 p.m. local time “announced the resumption of shipping traffic in the Suez Canal,” the Authority said in a statement.

The SCA has cautioned, however, that it will take more than three days to clear the traffic jams of ships that were stuck at the northern and southern ends of the canal. By the end of the drama, the tailback had reached 425 vessels.

The operation, carried out under time pressure and “the watchful eye of the world”, required 13 tug boats and the dredging of approximately 30,000 cubic metres of sand, said a statement by Peter Berdowski, CEO of its parent company Boskalis.

- AFP