Osama Rabi's statement came after reports circulated that strong winds had driven the stranded ship back to its previous position in the canal.
Early Monday Egyptian shipping authorities announced that the MV Ever Given, the massive container ship that has been blocking the canal for six days, had been successfully refloated.
The successful refloating of the Ever Given container ship, which had blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week, was met with triumph and relief, as hundreds of vessels that were trapped prepared to restart their journeys https://t.co/bdoBgFfxZj— CNN (@CNN) March 30, 2021
Speaking to state-run TV, Mohab Mamish, the Egyptian president's adviser for the canal, said "the cargo ship was freed and has already sailed."
Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority, told local media that the canal will likely be reopened for navigation this afternoon after the container ship is taken to the country’s lakes region for examination.
Egypt’s president released a statement hailing efforts to refloat the stuck cargo ship.
“Today, Egyptians have succeeded in ending the crisis of the stranded ship in the Suez Canal despite the operation's massive technical complexity,” Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Twitter.
“Returning things to their natural course by Egyptian hands ... the whole world can rest assured that their needs will be met and goods will flow through this central navigational artery,” he said.
The crisis began last Tuesday when the giant ship ran aground, blocking international trade in one of the world’s main waterways, leaving 320 ships including oil tankers stuck at the canal entrance, and sparking a crisis in the world supply chain, especially in Europe.
Earlier on Monday, Egyptian authorities announced the start of train-pulling maneuvers to get the ship through the canal, involving 10 giant tugboats operating from four different sides.
It was a long six days but the Ever Given has finally been freed from the Suez Canal. The Suez Canal Authority employed the Dutch dredging and heavylift company Boskalis to assist.— Insider News (@InsiderNews) March 29, 2021
Watch how they did it : 👇pic.twitter.com/xgtn4HPzwC
The 400-meter-long (1,312-foot) Ever Given, owned by Japanese firm Shoei Kisen KK, was sailing from China to the Netherlands with almost 220,000 tons of goods when it ran aground in the canal.
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