Shipping traffic in Egypt’s Suez Canal has returned to normal after tugs refloated a giant container ship which had been blocking the channel for almost a week, causing a huge build-up of vessels around the waterway.
113 ships are expected to transit the canal in both directions by today, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman Osama Rabie told reporters. Moreover, He said a backlog of 422 ships could be cleared in 3 and half days.
The Ever Given became jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal, the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia, on March 23.
Yesterday, rescue workers from the SCA working with a team from Dutch firm Smit Salvage partially refloated the ship and straightened it in the canal. After several hours it shifted briefly back across the canal before being manoeuvred free by tugs as the tide changed.