Stranded Ever Given container ship refloated, Suez Canal traffic resumes – authority chairman

Stranded Ever Given container ship refloated, Suez Canal traffic resumes – authority chairman

The giant container ship that has been blocking the Suez Canal for almost a week, throwing global trade into chaos, has been refloated, the chairman of the authority in charge of the waterway has said.

The 400-meter long Ever Given has been successfully refloated, Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman and Managing Director of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement.

A picture taken from another vessel in the canal on Monday afternoon appeared to show the Ever Given positioned towards the middle of the waterway.

Rabie said that “successful push and tow maneuvers” on Monday had almost put the vessel fully back on course, with the stern now 102 meters away from the canal’s bank, instead of the previous 4 meters away.

More maneuvers are set to take place later in the day once the tide rises in order to position the ship back in the center of the canal, the SCA chief added.

Further dredging and excavation of the canal took place at the weekend before SCA workers and Dutch firm Smit Salvage tried to free the ship with tugboats on Monday morning. 

The Panama-flagged vessel became lodged sideways in the canal – one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes – on March 23 after reports it had veered off course amid strong wind.

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