Finally! The Ever Given, the stranded container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly one week, is almost fully re-floated back today, March 29.
The 224,000-tonne, 400-meter long freighter has been straightened in the canal and will undergo initial inspections before being moved, reported by Reuters.
A video posted on social media appeared to show the ship’s stern had swung around, opening space in the canal, included cheering and ships’ horns sounding in celebration.
Video: En Egipto, el portacontenedores Evergiven, que encalló en el kilómetro 151 del canal de Suez, fue reflotado con éxito. Detalles de @AztecaNoticias @ASB_Breaking #NoticiasTVN pic.twitter.com/YxbEsHpLog— TVN Noticias (@tvnnoticias) March 29, 2021
A ship-tracking service, VesselFinder, has changed the ship’s status to underway on its website.
At least 369 vessels were waiting to transit the canal, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, SCA Chairman Osama Rabie told Egypt’s Extra News yesterday.
On Monday, marine services firm Inchcape Shipping Services said the ship had been successfully re-floated at 4.30 am local time (0230 GMT) and secured.
Shipping rates for oil product tankers nearly doubled after the ship became stranded, and the blockage has disrupted global supply chains, threatening costly delays for companies already dealing with COVID-19 restrictions.
As many as 15 vessels have re-routed via Cape, which is an additional extra 15,000-mile detour.
The final clearing of the remaining vessels might take approximately one week.