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the container ship “Ever Given” put back afloat, traffic resumes

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                The container ship "Ever Given", 400 meters long and which had been blocking the Suez Canal for nearly a week, was refloated on Monday, according to the Canal Authority.  Traffic was able to resume on this route, where approximately 10% of international maritime trade passes.

                                    <p>The container ship "Ever Given" no longer prevents navigation.  The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced Monday the "resumption of traffic" on this major seaway which had been obstructed for nearly a week by the giant ship, finally put back afloat.

“Admiral Ossama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, proclaimed the resumption of traffic on the channel,” SCA announced in a mid-afternoon statement, while local television channels showed footage of the boat moving forward.

Monday morning at dawn, the ship 400 meters long and more than 220,000 tons, flying the Panamanian flag, had started to move, after the release of its stern, immobilized on the west bank of the canal.

The maneuvers then continued with the aid of several tugs, until the vessel was again briefly stranded across the canal, according to maritime traffic viewing sites and witnesses at the scene.

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30,000 cubic meters of dredged sand

Shortly after 3:15 p.m. (1:15 p.m. GMT), the vessel finally found itself in the direction of flow in the middle of the canal, with its stern and bow released.

“We cleared it!”, Welcomed in a statement the parent company of the company commissioned for the rescue of the boat.

According to Peter Berdowski, CEO of Royal Boskalis Westminster, 30,000 cubic meters of sand have been dredged and 13 tugs deployed. The ship is heading to an area outside the canal to be inspected, it is specified in the text.

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi did not wait for the end of the bailout to congratulate himself at the end of the morning on a “successful” operation, the famous canal being an important source of income for the country.

“Today the Egyptians have succeeded in ending the stranded ship crisis in the Suez Canal, despite the enormous technical complexity surrounding this process,” Abdel Fattah al-Sisi tweeted.

A monster traffic jam

The incident occurred last Tuesday and was caused by high winds combined with a sandstorm, according to various sources. The “Ever Given” had since been stuck diagonally across the canal, completely blocking this waterway of about 300 meters in width, one of the busiest in the world.

The Suez Canal, some 190 kilometers long, handles around 10% of international maritime trade and each day of downtime causes significant delays and costs. In total, nearly 400 ships were stuck on Sunday at the ends and in the middle of the canal connecting the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, according to the Canal Authority.

At least a dozen tugs and dredges to suck sand from under the ship have been mobilized in operations.

With AFP


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