Container Ship Dislodged From Suez Canal, Finally Freed

The Ever Given, the stranded massive container ship blocking the Suez Canal for almost a week was re-floated by salvage teams and is currently still being moved to allow other ships to pass.

Inchcape Shipping Service and Mohab Mamish, the former head of the Suez Canal and Egyptian Presidential seaport adviser both claimed that the vessel has been freed but the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has not yet made an official statement. 

The SCA announced that dredging operations were conducted over the weekend and that 18 meters (59 feet) of dirt were removed at the front of the ship.

“We managed to move the ship from the bow side by 4 meters (13 feet), and likewise from the stern side. The dredging operations led to the ship moving, albeit a slight move, but it is a positive development because in the first two days the ship was not moving at all,” said SCA head Osama Rabie.

Ever Given’s owner Shoei Kisen Kaisha confirmed Monday morning that refloating operations had begun on the ship and that “things are going well,” but could not estimate when it would be finished.

Videos circulating social media appeared to show the ship’s stern being swung around and floating slightly away from its original location. 

Vessel tracking website VesselFinder changed the ship’s status to underway on its website but its icon remained the same place as it was last week.

Because of the delay caused by the blockage, some cargo vessels were forced to go around the Cape of Good Hope which could take at least two more weeks. 

As of Monday afternoon, the Ever Given has finally been freed and resumed its course which finally allowed other vessels to pass.

Footage from Egyptian news networks showed the ship moving straight along the canal and slowly sailing northwards.

Data from VesselFinder also confirmed that the Ever Given was moving 7.4 knots followed by the ships that were delayed by its obstruction. 

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