The largest container ship in the world that has been stuck in the Egypt’s Suez Canal has been partially refloated after almost a week. The ship has caused a huge jam of vessels at either end of the vital international trade artery.
GAC, a Dubai-based marine services company, said the Ever Given had been partially refloated and moved alongside the canal bank, citing information from the SCA.
â€œConvoys and traffic are expected to resume as soon as the vessel is towed to another position,â€ GAC said on its website.
The 220,000-ton, 400-metre-long Ever Given a so-called megaship operated by the Taiwan-based firm Evergreen â€“ became stuck near the southern end of the canal on Tuesday. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said it had lost the ability to steer amid high winds and a dust storm.
Eight tugboats were working to free the vessel, blocking a lane key to Asia-Europe trade through which about 50 ships a day passed in 2019, according to Egyptian government statistics.