Port workers have finally managed to re-float the Ever Given after the container ship spent six days stuck in the Suez Canal.
The stranded container ship blocking the crucial Suez Canal trade route in Egypt was successfully refloated at 4:30 am (1:30 pm AEDT) on Monday, following nearly a week global crisis that blocked one of the world’s most vital maritime passages.
While officials initially confirmed on Monday that the ship had been turned 80 per cent in the right direction, recent reports from the canal authority confirmed that the Ever Given has been fully floated, and traffic in the waterway has resumed.
“She’s free,” an official involved in the salvage operation confirmed.
For those who don’t know (and potentially living under a rock), the 400m long, sky-scraper-sized ship had been blocking one of the busiest trade routes in the world, halting 12 billion dollars in maritime commerce a day.
Aided by the high tide, several tugboats were able to wrench the round bow of the Ever Given from the canal’s sandy bank, where it had been firmly lodged since Tuesday, March 23.
After successfully removing the vessel from the sandbank, the salvage team pulled the Ever Given towards the Great Bitter Lake, a wide stretch of water halfway between the north and south end of the canal.
The ship leaving the Suez Canal after causing global chaos for 6 days pic.twitter.com/EK72s0Oyfd
— Harrison Brocklehurst (@harrisonjbrock) March 29, 2021
Evergreen Marine Corp, a major Taiwan-based shipping company that operates the ship, confirmed that it will now be inspected.
oh no she’s blocking the suez canal 💦 pic.twitter.com/K9mezFGiJd
— 🌜ḩ̶̷̵̧͈̍̆͌̔̚eresvix🌛 (@heresvix) March 29, 2021