A view showing the container ship Evergiven, one of the largest container ships in the world, after being partially re-floated, in the Suez Canal, Egypt on March 29, 2021.
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Authorities announced Monday that the huge container ship Evergiven, which has been trapped in the Suez Canal and cut off traffic in the vital waterway for nearly a week, has been floated back up.
The ship is currently on its way to Great Bitter Lake, according to Leth Agencies, a transit agent in the Suez Canal. Once it arrives, it will undergo a technical examination.
The Suez Canal Authority said earlier on Monday that the ship “responded to towing and towing maneuvers” and corrected its course by 80%.
Ever Given is one of the largest container ships in the world. The 220,000-ton ship can carry 20,000 containers and span approximately 1,300 feet as long as the Empire State Building is tall.
The ship, which ran aground last Tuesday, has caused further disruptions in the global supply chain already suffering from the lingering effects of Covid-19.
About 12% of world trade passes through the Suez Canal. Lloyd’s List estimates that more than $ 9 billion in cargo passes through the 120-mile waterway every day, which translates to about $ 400 million an hour.
Bernard Schulte Ship Management, the ship’s technical director, said last week that the Evergreen was run aground due to the high winds. The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama, at the end of last week, said that a human or technical error may have played a role in the ship’s derailment.
Expert rescue crews have been called in to assist in the resurfacing process. On site there were more than 10 locomotives, as well as specialized dredging equipment. More than 20 thousand tons of sand and mud were removed during the dredging operation.
The high tide also contributed to Monday’s successful reboo attempt.
On Monday, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said in a tweet, “The Egyptians today succeeded in ending the crisis of the delinquent ship in the Suez Canal despite the enormous technical complexity that surrounded this process from every side.”
The ship’s float means traffic in the Suez Canal can be resumed. Nearly 19,000 ships passed through the canal during 2020, an average of 51.5 per day, according to the Suez Canal Authority.