Traffic resumes in Suez Canal after stranded cargo ship fully refloated

The cargo ‘Ever Given’ which has blocked Suez Canal for almost a week has been freed and is now on the move. Reports said the Ever Given was under way and heading for the Great Bitter Lake further along the canal, about 45 km away. Boskalis, the salvage company involved in the rescue, said the ship would undergo a full inspection there.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hailed the success of an operation to unwedge the giant Ever Given container ship, stuck in the Suez Canal for nearly a week. The Suez Canal Authority has announced that ship, which has blocked the Suez Canal for six days now, has been successfully refloated and is no longer grounded. The head of the salvage firm called in to free the ship said there was unprecedented time pressure.

Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman and Managing Director of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), had announced that the Panamanian container ship has been successfully refloated. This was the result of successful push and tow manoeuvres which led to the restoration of 80 per cent of the vessel’s direction; with the stern 102 metres away from the bank of the Canal now instead of 4 metres prior to the refloating.

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