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Ever Given partially refloated in Suez Canal

Ever Given partially refloated in Suez Canal

The Ever Given had been partially refloated in the Suez Canal as of 8 a.m. EDT Monday.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) issued a statement Monday that said the partial refloating was “the result of successful push-and-tow maneuvers, which led to the restoration of 80% of the vessel’s direction.”

The SCA said the stern, which had been stuck 13 feet from the bank of the Suez Canal, had been moved 334 feet from the edge, where it had been wedged since last Tuesday morning.

The refloating operation was to resume Monday during high tide, “allowing for the full restoration of the vessel’s direction so it is positioned in the middle of the navigable waterway,” the SCA said.

It said “navigation shall be resumed immediately upon the complete restoration of the vessel’s direction and directing it to the Bitter Lakes waiting area for technical inspection.”

The Ever Given, an Evergreen Marine container ship with the capacity to carry 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), was en route through the canal to the Port of Rotterdam last Tuesday morning when it reportedly was hit by strong winds and ran aground.

More than 320 ships reportedly are at anchor waiting to transit the Suez Canal.

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29 March 2021, 14:41