Container ship in Suez Canal set free

Salvage teams today set free a colossal container ship that has halted global trade through the Suez Canal, a canal services firm said, bringing an end to a crisis that for nearly a week clogged one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries.

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March 29, 2021 - 9:34 AM

The Evergreen cargo container ship Ever Given, trapped on the Suez Canal of Egypt, added further strain to supply chains hampered by the coronavirus pandemic. (Suez Canal Head Office/Xinhua/Zuma Press/TNS)

SUEZ, Egypt (AP) — Salvage teams today set free a colossal container ship that has halted global trade through the Suez Canal, a canal services firm said, bringing an end to a crisis that for nearly a week clogged one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries.

Helped by the peak of high tide, a flotilla of tugboats managed to wrench the bulbous bow of the skyscraper-sized Ever Given from the canal’s sandy bank, where it had been firmly lodged since last Tuesday.

After hauling the fully laden 220,000-ton vessel over the canal bank, the salvage team was pulling the vessel toward the Great Bitter Lake, a wide stretch of water halfway between the north and south end of the canal, where the ship will undergo technical inspection, canal authorities said.

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