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Suez Canal ship 2021 Ship Stuck in the Suez Canal Is Freed

Suez Canal ship 2021 Ship Stuck in the Suez Canal Is Freed

Suez Canal ship 2021 Ship Stuck in the Suez Canal Is Freed

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The vast container ship that was blocking the canal for six days has been freed and is moving north to an anchor point, the Suez Canal Authority said, paving the 

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CAIRO—The vast container ship that was blocking the Suez Canal for six days has now been freed and is moving north to an anchor point, paving the way to open the critical waterway and end days of global supply delays.

Engineers raced throughout Monday to finish the job of freeing the Ever Given after partially refloating the ship at dawn, taking advantage of an unusually high tide to make the job easier.

Tugboats helped pull the vessel out from the side of the canal where it had been stuck, before straightening its heading.

It slowly began to move, with the objective of later reaching an anchor point at a lake further up the canal system.

It is as yet unclear when the waterway will be reopened to traffic.

Egyptian television images showed tugboats blaring their horns as they towed the Ever Given while Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, which runs the channel, announced it had been successfully freed.

“Ship transits will likely resume today,” said another person involved in the operation.

“We are looking at giving priority to livestock vessels because they are running out of supplies for the animals.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi cast the operation as a national triumph in remarks he posted to Twitter earlier Monday.

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The Ever Given had been wedged at an angle across the Suez Canal since Tuesday, preventing other shipping vessels from traveling through the waterway

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The Ever Given container ship, operated by the Evergreen Marine Corp., sails through the Suez Canal after it was fully freed and floated on Friday.

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The Ever Given container ship, operated by the Evergreen Marine Corp., sails through the Suez Canal after it was fully freed and floated on Friday.

A 1,300-foot, 220,000-ton container ship that has been blocking traffic in the Suez Canal for nearly a week is finally free and once again underway, onboard tracking sites and livestreamed video from the scene indicate.

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Monday afternoon local time, as horns blared in apparent celebration for having freed the grounded ship, the Ever Given was seen slowly making its way in the canal.

Marinetraffic.com showed the vessel pointed north for the first time since last Tuesday, when in high winds and low visibility it became cross-ways in the canal and ran aground, shutting down all ship traffic in the vital waterway.

“She’s free,” an official involved in the salvage operation said, according to Reuters.

The giant Ever Given is among the largest container ships currently in operation — at roughly twice as long as the canal is wide.

Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, announced early Monday that the stern of the Ever Given container ship had been moved about 335 feet from shore; it had been only a few yards from land.

Despite a flotilla of tugboats and dredgers, two separate attempts to refloat the vessel over the weekend failed, according to shipping authorities.

Evergreen Marine, the Taiwan-based company that operates the ship, said Sunday that dredging efforts had removed more than 20,000 tons of sand and mud, which loosened the ship’s bow, and that the ship’s stern had “been cleared from the sand bank.”

A satellite image shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt.

Attempts to free the mammoth container ship stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal paid off on Monday.

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A satellite image shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt.

Attempts to free the mammoth container ship stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal paid off on Monday.

The successful effort to free the ship means at least 369 vessels backed up waiting to transit the canal, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, can now move, Rabie said, according to Reuters.

He told Egyptian television earlier that the Canal Authority would “not waste one second” in moving the delayed ships through the waterway.

Rabie said it could take up to three days to clear the backlog of ships.

Maersk, the world’s largest container line, said the knock-on disruptions to global shipping could take weeks or months to unravel.

Freeing the ship from its spot on the Suez Canal will allow billions of dollars worth of cargo to resume transits and obviate the need for vessels to take a long and expensive detour around the tip of Africa to reach ports in Asia.

A prolonged delay could have increased the cost of shipping, complicated manufacturing and ultimately driven up prices, logistics experts previously told NPR.

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– March 29, 2021

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