The Suez Canal may soon be reopened for water transit after the container ship ‘Ever Given’ blocking the canal for almost a week was successfully re-floated earlier today, announced the Inchcape Shipping Services.
The ship was successfully re-floated at 4.30 a.m. local time and was being secured at the moment, Inchcape, a global provider of marine services, said on Twitter.
Ship-tracking service VesselFinder has also changed the ship’s status to under way on its website, reported the Reuters.
The 400-metre long ship stuck diagonally across the canal in high winds early on Tuesday, causing over 350 vessels to wait for the canal to reopen. Egypt’s Suez Canal offers the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
The Suez Canal salvage teams intensified excavation and dredging on Sunday and were hoping a high tide would help them dislodge it.