A ship blocking the Suez Canal is partially freed

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A ship blocking the Suez Canal is partially freed


SUEZ, Egypt – Engineers have partly freed a stranded vessel blocking the Suez Canal, and tugs are now working to straighten her course, which could soon reopen the vital trade route and end the days of disruption to the Suez Canal. global supply.
Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, which operates the waterway, said on Monday that tugs had dislodged the bow of the 1,300-foot Ever Given, operated by Taiwan-based Evergreen Group, from the eastern shore of the channel.
“We are not finished yet, but it has moved,” he said, adding that the tugs would continue for about an hour so the ship could resume its ascent up the canal.
One person involved in the effort said higher than usual spring tides were helping and the ship had moved about 25 meters. “We’re getting there, but not yet,” he said.
Some 320 ships are waiting to pass through the canal, stranded from Ever Given on its eastern side in stormy weather on March 23. If engineers are able to free the ship and move it to a port, it would relieve the growing pressure on the global shipping industry and transit oil, gas and consumer goods between Asia and Europe. Some 13% of world maritime trade and 10% of oil shipments by sea pass through the canal.

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