WATCH: Suez Canal finally unblocked as ship ‘Ever Given’ floats again

March 29, 2021 | Updated 11:35 am

WATCH: Suez Canal finally unblocked as ship ‘Ever Given’ floats again Evergreen - (Photo courtesy: Twitter video)

Cairo: The stern and rudder of the giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal was finally seen floating again in a video that has hit social media like haywire. These reports come in as a huge relief for numerous people, as the vessel was blocking the highly busy Suez Canal for almost 6 days now.

The 430 yard (400 metre) long “Ever Given” was wedged diagonally across a southern section of the Suez Canal due to high winds since March 23, blocking one of the busiest waterways in the world.

Approximately 15% of world shipping traffic transits the canal. As per officials reports from Sunday, more than 450 ships were waiting to pass through.

However, Monday came with a fresh new hope it seems as video started to hit the web where the “Evergreen” vessel was seen straight re-floating.


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Earlier on Saturday, numerous combination of dredging material from around the vessel and after a lot of pushing and pulling with tugboats made minor progress in dislodging the ship, two SCA sources had said.

One more source said that there had also been some movement at the bow of the ship.

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Chairman Osama Rabie, was quoted by local news outlets, said that water had started running underneath the ship. “We expect that at any time the ship could slide and move from the spot it is in,” he told a press conference earlier.

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“The ship’s stern began (on Friday) to move towards Suez, and that was a positive sign until 11 p.m. (2100 GMT) at night, but the tide fell significantly and we stopped,” Rabie told journalists in Suez.

Comments Egypt – the controllers of the Suez Canal – had been reportedly facing a loss of around 14 million dollar per day in revenue due to the accidental blockade.