Ever Given Ship Blocking Suez Canal Successfully Freed

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Around 30% of the world's shipping container volume - including goods like sofas, consumer electronics, apparel and shoes - moves through the 193 km (120 miles) Suez Canal daily.

The MV Ever Given, longer than four football fields, has been wedged diagonally across the canal since Tuesday, strangling world supply chains and costing the global economy billions.

Built in 1869, the canal provides a major shortcut for ships moving between Europe and Asia, which before its construction had to sail around Africa to complete the same journey. The Authority added that efforts would continue to further reposition the Ever Given ship before it is inspected by authorities.

Egypt has ordered preparations for lightening the cargo of the giant container ship grounded in the Suez Canal, the head of the canal's authority said. Other footage, filmed at dawn, included celebratory cheering and horns sounding from the tugs around the ship. He said that workers had straightened the vessel's position by 80% and that the stern had moved 102 meters (334 feet) from the canal bank.

An official from the 200,000-tonne ship's owners, Shoei Kisen, said while the Ever Given "has turned", it "is not afloat".

Maneuvers were scheduled to resume again as the water level in the canal rises to its maximum height, allowing the ship's course to be completely modified.

An Aladdin's cave of goods ranging from IKEA furnishings to tens of thousands of livestock has been stuck in a maritime traffic jam caused by the Suez Canal blockage.

Declared destinations of vessels currently impacted by Suez Blockage. Data Via Marine Traffic
Declared destinations of vessels currently impacted by Suez Blockage. Data Via Marine Traffic

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi made his first comment on the vessel as salvage work was ongoing, writing on Facebook that "Egyptians have succeeded in ending the crisis" of the stranded ship despite the operation's "massive technical complexity".

Although the development marked the vessel's most significant movement since getting stuck last week, the salvage crew urged caution as obstacles loomed.

On Sunday evening a shipping company, Leth agencies, had said Egyptian authorities had decided more tugboats were needed to shift the vessel and had postponed the refloating attempt around Sunday's high tide.

In a previous statement on Friday, SCA announced dredging 17,000 cubic meters of sand and mud by Mashhour dredger around the Ever Given ship's bow, with rate of dredging reached about 87 percent.

"We could finish today or tomorrow (Sunday), depending on the ship's responsiveness" to high tides, he said, adding that 14 tugboats were deployed around the stricken vessel.

Numerous countries offered their assistance in the rescue operation, including the United States, China, Greece and the UAE.

In a sign of the knock-on effects, Syrian regime authorities said on Saturday they had been forced to ration already scarce fuel supplies, as the Suez suspension "has impacted oil imports to Syria and slowed arrival of a ship carrying fuel and oil products".

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