Giant ship blocking the Suez Canal floats again
This satellite imagery released by Maxar Technologies shows tug boats and dredgers on March 27, 2021, attempting to free the Taiwan-owned MV Ever Given lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across Egypt's Suez Canal. - The container ship, which is longer than four football fields, has been wedged diagonally across the entire canal since March 23, shutting the waterway in both directions. AFP

Giant ship blocking the Suez Canal floats again

The Ever Green ship blocking the Suez Canal is floating again a week after the giant vessel ran aground in one of the world's most important trade paths.

The colossal container ship blocking the Suez Canal is floating again due to efforts by salvage team almost a week after the giant vessel ran aground in one of the world's most important trade paths.

Leth Agencies said early Monday that the modest breakthrough came after intensive efforts to push and pull the ship with 10 tugboats and vacuum up sand with several dredgers at spring tide.

Lt Gen Osama Rabei, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, said workers continued pulling maneuvers to refloat the vessel early Monday.

This satellite imagery released by Maxar Technologies shows tug boats and dredgers on March 27, 2021, attempting to free the Taiwan-owned MV Ever Given lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across Egypt's Suez Canal. - The container ship, which is longer than four football fields, has been wedged diagonally across the entire canal since March 23, shutting the waterway in both directions.
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While the ship is floating again, it is still not clear yet when would the waterway be open for traffic. According to reports, there are over 450 ships stuck.

An aerial view taken on March 27, 2021 from the porthole of a commercial plane shows stranded ships waiting in queue in the Gulf of Suez to cross the Suez Canal at its southern entrance near the Red Sea port city of Suez.
An aerial view taken on March 27, 2021 from the porthole of a commercial plane shows stranded ships waiting in queue in the Gulf of Suez to cross the Suez Canal at its southern entrance near the Red Sea port city of Suez.AFP

The skyscraper-sized Ever Given got stuck in a canal last Tuesday, holding up $9 billion in global trade each day. The backlog has affected the global supply chain, already stretched by the pandemic, as the canal is the main route for about 12 per cent of global trade.

A handout picture released by the Suez Canal Authority on March 26, 2021, shows the Taiwan-owned MV Ever Given (Evergreen), a 400-metre- (1,300-foot-)long and 59-metre wide vessel, lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across the waterway of Egypt's Suez Canal.
A handout picture released by the Suez Canal Authority on March 26, 2021, shows the Taiwan-owned MV Ever Given (Evergreen), a 400-metre- (1,300-foot-)long and 59-metre wide vessel, lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across the waterway of Egypt's Suez Canal.AFP

Some ships have already opted for the long and expensive trip around the southern tip of Africa instead of Suez.

Earlier, officials had blamed 40-knot gusts and a sandstorm for the accident for the blockage of the Suez Canal. However, on Saturday, Egypt's Suez Canal chief said Saturday that "technical or human errors" can be the reason behind the grounding of the ship.

(With inputs from PTI)

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