- The container ship “Ever Given”, which was wrecked in the Suez Canal, is free.
- However, it is still unclear when the important waterway can be opened for passage again.
The stranded “Ever Given” of the shipping company Evergreen is afloat again and is currently being secured, said the shipping company Inch Cape Shipping Services on Twitter.
The ship’s radar Vesselfinder indicated the “Ever Given” shortly afterwards as “en route”. Videos are circulating on Twitter showing the ship in motion.
According to the canal authority, ten tugs from four directions had tried since dawn to move the huge ship that ran aground last Tuesday. The high tide with a full moon on Monday night was an advantage. Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had already ordered that the partial unloading of containers be prepared in the event that attempts to uncover them continue to be unsuccessful.
After the success report, it is still unclear when the “Ever Given”, which was traveling in the canal in a northerly direction on the way to Rotterdam, will be able to continue its journey. According to the canal authority, around 370 ships were waiting for passage on both sides of the canal, including 25 oil tankers. Financial news service Bloomberg reported 450 ships waiting.
After the success report on Monday morning, videos of relieved crew members of the other ships in the canal were circulating on the Internet. “The boat is floating,” says a man on board a ship and sticks his thumb up. On one of the videos the saying “Alhamdulillah” (thank God) can be heard over and over again.
The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and thus offers the shortest shipping route between Asia and Europe. According to the Suez Canal Authority, almost 19,000 ships passed through the important waterway in 2020. The day-long blockade caused the channel to lose around $ 13 to 14 million in revenue every day.