Photos: Ever Given container ship refloated in Suez Canal

  • Shipping traffic through Egypt's Suez Canal resumed on March 29 after a giant container ship which had been blocking the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated. The 400-metre long Ever Given container ship became jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds early on March 23, halting traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia. After dredging and excavation work over the weekend, rescue workers from the Suez Canal Authority and a team from Dutch firm Smit Salvage had succeeded in partially refloating the ship using tug boats. About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal, which is an important source of foreign currency revenue for Egypt. The stoppage was costing the canal $14-$15 million a day.
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An aerial view of the MV Ever Given container ship and tugboats in the Suez Canal on March 29. The MV Ever Given was refloated and the Suez Canal reopened on March 29, sparking relief almost a week after the huge container ship got stuck during a sandstorm and blocked a major artery for global trade.(Maxar Technologies / AFP)

An aerial view of the MV Ever Given container ship and tugboats in the Suez Canal on March 29. The MV Ever Given was refloated and the Suez Canal reopened on March 29, sparking relief almost a week after the huge container ship got stuck during a sandstorm and blocked a major artery for global trade.(Maxar Technologies / AFP)

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The Ever Given container ship, being pulled by one of the Suez Canal tugboats, on March 29. The 400-metre long Ever Given got jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds on March 23, halting traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.(Suez Canal Authority via AP)

The Ever Given container ship, being pulled by one of the Suez Canal tugboats, on March 29. The 400-metre long Ever Given got jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds on March 23, halting traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.(Suez Canal Authority via AP)

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People look on as the Ever Given container ship refloats in Suez Canal, Egypt March 29. After dredging and excavation work over the weekend, rescue workers from the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and a team from Dutch firm Smit Salvage had succeeded in partially refloating the ship earlier on March 29 using tug boats, two marine and shipping sources told Reuters.(Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS)

People look on as the Ever Given container ship refloats in Suez Canal, Egypt March 29. After dredging and excavation work over the weekend, rescue workers from the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and a team from Dutch firm Smit Salvage had succeeded in partially refloating the ship earlier on March 29 using tug boats, two marine and shipping sources told Reuters.(Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS)

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Containers onboard the Ever Given ship, in Suez Canal, on March 29. Evergreen Line, which is leasing the Ever Given, confirmed the ship had been successfully refloated and said it would be repositioned and inspected for seaworthiness, Reuters reported.(Islam Safwat / Bloomberg)

Containers onboard the Ever Given ship, in Suez Canal, on March 29. Evergreen Line, which is leasing the Ever Given, confirmed the ship had been successfully refloated and said it would be repositioned and inspected for seaworthiness, Reuters reported.(Islam Safwat / Bloomberg)

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Admiral Osama Rabie, head of SCA, speaks to the media during a news conference following the freeing of the Ever Given container ship, in Ismailia, on March 29. Rabie said it could take from two-and-a-half to three days to clear the backlog on Suez canal, and a canal source said more than 100 ships would be able to enter the channel daily, Reuters reported.(Islam Safwat / Bloomberg)

Admiral Osama Rabie, head of SCA, speaks to the media during a news conference following the freeing of the Ever Given container ship, in Ismailia, on March 29. Rabie said it could take from two-and-a-half to three days to clear the backlog on Suez canal, and a canal source said more than 100 ships would be able to enter the channel daily, Reuters reported.(Islam Safwat / Bloomberg)

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Ships and boats seen at the entrance of Suez Canal, on March 28. At least 369 vessels are 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, Rabie said during the news conference, Reuters reported.(Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS)

Ships and boats seen at the entrance of Suez Canal, on March 28. At least 369 vessels are 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, Rabie said during the news conference, Reuters reported.(Mohamed Abd El Ghany / REUTERS)

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A ship is anchored outside the Suez Canal, near Ismailia, on March 29. Shipping group Maersk said the knock-on disruptions to global shipping could take weeks or months to unravel, Reuters reported.(Hanaa Habib / REUTERS)

A ship is anchored outside the Suez Canal, near Ismailia, on March 29. Shipping group Maersk said the knock-on disruptions to global shipping could take weeks or months to unravel, Reuters reported.(Hanaa Habib / REUTERS)

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A ship sails through Suez Canal as traffic resumed after Ever Given container ship that blocked the waterway was refloated, in Egypt, on March 30. 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.(Ahmed Fahmy / REUTERS)

A ship sails through Suez Canal as traffic resumed after Ever Given container ship that blocked the waterway was refloated, in Egypt, on March 30. 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.(Ahmed Fahmy / REUTERS)

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