Suez Canal traffic finally resumes after giant ship refloated

Egypt's Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Wednesday it has diverted ships to its old channel after a giant cargo container has blocked the course of the new crossing./Xinhua

The stranded container ship that has blocked traffic in the Suez Canal for nearly a week has now been freed.

Daily News Egypt reports that the Suez Canal Authority succeeded in re-floating the Ever Given, paving the way for navigation to resume.

The Ever Given has started heading towards the Bitter Lakes area, according to Egyptian television.

Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Wednesday it has diverted ships to its old channel after a giant cargo container has blocked the course of the new crossing./Xinhua

Satellite data from MarineTraffic.com, a shipping monitor site, confirmed that the ship was moving away from the shoreline toward the center of the canal.

Taking to Twitter, Egyptian President Abdelfattah Elsisi said, “Today, the Egyptians have succeeded in ending the crisis of the delinquent ship in the Suez Canal despite the tremendous technical complexity that surrounded this process from every side. By restoring matters to their normal course, with Egyptian hands, the whole world will be assured of the path of its goods and needs that are passed by this axial navigational artery.”

(With input from Agencies)