A large container ship that carries traffic in the Suez Canal He was finally released for almost a week, according to the AP.
On Monday, several tugs worked together to take advantage of the high tide and drive it away Always given ship of 224,000 tons from the canal bank. The dredgers reportedly had sucked sand and mud from the bow of the ship while 10 tugs pushed and pulled the Ever Given for five days.
“We made it!” Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, the salvage company chosen to clear the ship, said in a statement. “I am pleased to announce that our team of experts, in close cooperation with the Suez Canal Authority, has successfully made Ever Given afloat again … which will enable free passage through the Suez Canal again.”
The Ever Given will now head towards Great Bitter Lake, a saltwater lake in Egypt along the canal where it will be inspected, added the AP.
The ship was owned by the Taiwan-based shipping company Evergreen Marine Corp. and was traveling between Asia and Europe when it was hit by 40-knot winds and a sandstorm last Tuesday. At the time of the incident, the Ever Given had also allegedly passed the canal’s speed limit of 8.6 knots.
As a result of the blockade, at least 367 ships, some of which were carrying critical oil, waited to cross the canal. Last week, Lloyd’s list It was estimated that the security had affected traffic going west by nearly $ 5.1 billion per day and traffic going east by about $ 4.5 billion.
Although the container ship has already moved, AP notes that the ship operators have not yet determined when the canal will reopen. The canal accounts for 10% of world trade.