Suez Canal Update: Ship Afloat

After 6 days it ran aground in Suez Canal, blocking hundreds of ships, the giant cargo ship MV Ever Given started to move. But its owner said that while the giant ship "has turned", it was still not yet afloat.

Ever Given was "stuck at an angle of 30 degrees towards the canal but that has eased," the spokesman for the vessel's owner said.

"A total of 11 tug boats have been pulling Ever Given since this morning," he added.

"The position of the ship has been reorientated 80 percent in the right direction. The stern... moved to 102 meters (335 feet) from the shore," compared to its position four meters from the shore previously, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief Osama Rabie in a statement.

About 27,000 cubic meters of sand were dug out, to a depth of 18 meters, to free the ship, according to reports.

For six days, the giant vessel had been wedged diagonally across the Suez Canal - one of the world's most vital waterways - since March 23 leading to a long queue of more than 450 ships at the southern entrance to the trade route.

The backlog severely strained global supply chains already stretched by the pandemic as the canal is a conduit for about 12% of global trade. Some ships opted for the long and expensive trip around the southern tip of Africa instead of Suez.

Egypt - which controls the canal - had been reportedly losing around 14 million dollars per day in revenue because of the accidental blockade. So what do you think about this Blockade? Nature Made or Man-Made? Let us know in the comments below!

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