Cargo Ship Blocking Suez Re-floated

Published March 29th, 2021 - 08:49 GMT
Stuck cargo ship re-floated in Suez Canal
Once it is refloated, it will take three and a half days to clear a traffic jam of hundreds of vessels, authorities said. Over 300 ships are currently waiting to travel through the canal. AFP
container ship has been blocking the Suez Canal since past Tuesday.

The MV Ever Given, a massive container ship that has been blocking the Suez Canal for six days, was successfully re-floated early Monday, said Egyptian shipping authorities.

Speaking to Egypt’s state-run television, Mohab Mamish, Egyptian President's Adviser for Suez Canal and Ports Projects, said "the cargo ship was freed and has already sailed."

Local media also reported that the Ever Given container ship has started its engines and returned back to its normal track.

The crisis began on Tuesday when the giant ship ran aground, blocking international trade in one of the main waterways in the world where more than 320 ships including oil tankers were stuck on the entrances of the canal, sparking a crisis in the world supply chain especially in Europe.

Earlier on Monday, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, announced the start of train-pulling maneuvers to sail the ship through the canal, involving 10 giant tugs operating from four different sides.

On Sunday, the Dutch APL GUARD tug with a pulling force of 285 tons along with the Maradev locomotive has arrived to join the efforts of pulling the stuck ship.

The 400m-long Ever Given ship, which is owned by the Japanese company Shoei Kisen KK, was sailing from China to the Netherlands with almost 220,000 tons of goods when it grounded in the Suez Canal.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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