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.
“Convoys and traffic are expected to resume as soon as the vessel is towed to another position,” 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 – 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.