Suez Canal traffic to resume after giant ship freed

Monday, March 29

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The giant container ship stuck in the Suez Canal for nearly a week has been fully refloated, according to the Canal Authority.

The ship ran aground in the canal last Tuesday and has held up €7.6 billion in global trade daily.

Comparable to the size of a skyscraper, the ship had been blocking over 367 vessels waiting to use the canal.

The ship is now free after canal services firm Leth Agencies said early on Monday that it was "partially re-floated".

Many vessels have chosen to take an alternative route between Asia and Europe, travelling around the Africa’s Cape of Good Hope. That route can add two weeks to a vessel's journeys.

The freeing of the vessel came after dredgers vacuumed up sand and mud from the vessel’s bow, and 10 tugboats pushed and pulled the vessel for five days, managing to partially refloat it at dawn.

Source: Newsday and Agencies