In photos: Efforts to free ‘stranded’ Ever Given ship from Egypt's Suez Canal

Updated on Mar 29, 2021 12:51 PM IST

The giant container ship was stuck sideways in the Suez Canal for a week, thus blocking a vital global trade route. The blockage had a severe impact on businesses across the world and over 300 ships are said to be currently waiting to travel through the canal.

Stranded ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it ran aground, in Suez Canal, Egypt.(Reuters)
Stranded ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it ran aground, in Suez Canal, Egypt.(Reuters)
By | Edited by Mallika Soni, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The massive container ship Ever Given that blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week has reportedly turned but is not afloat yet, according to news agency AFP. An official who is aware of the latest developments in salvage operations told AFP that the ship was stuck at an angle of 30 degrees towards the canal "but that has eased". "A total of 11 tug boats have been pulling Ever Given since this morning," he added. The giant container ship was stuck sideways in the Suez Canal for a week, thus blocking a vital global trade route. The blockage had a severe impact on businesses across the world and over 300 ships are said to be currently waiting to travel through the canal.

Earlier on Monday, Egypt's Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said that the container ship had been turned in the "right direction"."The position of the ship has been reorientated 80 percent in the right direction. The stern moved to 102 metres (335 feet) from the shore," SCA chief Osama Rabie said in a statement. He added that navigation would resume "after the completion of refloating operations of the ship, which will then be directed to the waiting area," to allow the canal to be cleared.

Here’s a look at the efforts to free the Ever Given ship from the Suez Canal

A handout picture released by the Suez Canal Authority shows the Ever Given lodged sideways.(AFP)
A handout picture released by the Suez Canal Authority shows the Ever Given lodged sideways.(AFP)
A handout picture released by the Suez Canal Authority shows Ever Given.(AFP)
A handout picture released by the Suez Canal Authority shows Ever Given.(AFP)
An Egyptian officials checking the operation trying to free Ever Given.(AFP)
An Egyptian officials checking the operation trying to free Ever Given.(AFP)
A picture shows Egyptian tug boats trying to free Ever Given.(AFP)
A picture shows Egyptian tug boats trying to free Ever Given.(AFP)
A view shows the stranded container ship Ever Given.(Reuters)
A view shows the stranded container ship Ever Given.(Reuters)
This picture taken from a nearby tugboat in the Suez Canal shows a view of the 'Ever Given' as it begins to move.(AFP)
This picture taken from a nearby tugboat in the Suez Canal shows a view of the 'Ever Given' as it begins to move.(AFP)
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