Ship blocking Suez Canal re-floats after 6 days | Watch

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The container ship blocking the Suez Canal for the past six days was freed on Monday by the Egyptian crew and is currently being secured.

The stranded container ship blocking the Suez Canal was re-floated (AP)

The stranded container ship blocking the Suez Canal was re-floated on Monday and is currently being secured, Inch Cape Shipping Services said in a post on Twitter. The ship was freed by the Egyptian crew.

The Suez Canal Authority had earlier said in a statement that tugging operations to free the ship had resumed. The ship was partially freed and tugboats were deployed to straighten its course.

SHIP BLOCKING SUEZ CANAL FREED | WATCH

BREAKING : EVER GIVEN ship has been UNSTUCK & Moving into #Suez Canal after 6 Days!!

Egyptian crew managed to float it moments ago. It’s 5:42 am there: pic.twitter.com/GoMlYjQerL

— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) March 29, 2021

The MV Ever Given, a Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned ship that carries cargo between Asia and Europe, got stuck on Tuesday in a single-lane stretch of the Suez Canal.

In the time since, authorities had been working to unstick the container ship as the traffic through the canal -- valued at over $9 billion a day -- was halted, further disrupting a global shipping network already strained by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Dutch-flagged Alp Guard, a specialist tugboat, arrived at the location on Sunday, according to the stuck ship's technical management company, Bernard Schulte Shipmanagement. The Italian-flagged tugboat Carlo Magno was also close, having reached the Red Sea near the city of Suez early Sunday, satellite data from MarineTraffic.com showed.

The tugboats, along with at least 10 others already there, were used to nudge the 400-metre-long Ever Given as dredgers continue to vacuum up sand from underneath the vessel and mud-caked to its port side, Bernhard Schulte said.

Excavators dug on Sunday on the eastern wall of the Suez Canal, hoping to free the bulbous bow of the Ever Given that ploughed into the embankment.

Bernard Schulte said the team was also waiting for the arrival of additional equipment to dredge the canal's seafloor. The THSD Causeway, a dredger registered in Cyprus, was expected to arrive by Tuesday.