Videos show a part-cleared Suez Canal after the huge container ship blocking it was refloated – Business Insider

  • Videos from the Suez Canal on Monday show how much the Ever Given’s position has shifted.
  • The container ship, that once totally blocked the channel, is refloated but not fully free.
  • Authorities in Egypt said they would try to move it further on Monday. Meanwhile the canal is closed.
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Videos show clear water in the Suez Canal after the Ever Given was repositioned on Monday after a massive effort to clear the vital shipping channel.

The massive container ship has blocked the canal for six days, causing havoc to global shipping as tugboats and dredgers worked to free it. 

But the ship has now been partly freed and its engines re-started, as shown in this video posted by academic Mohammed Soliman: 

This screenshot from ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com shows the position of the Ever Given of around 9 a.m. local time:

ever given marine traffic suez canal monday March 29
The Ever Given, marked with a circle, on Monday March 29, 2021.
MarineTraffic.com

This video, posted by New York Times reporter and former Middle East correspondent Evan Hill, shows what that gap looks like from the ground level:

It was re-floated Monday in a gradual process helped by the rising tide, The New York Times reported.

More work needs to be done before the ship can move fully. Its bow — the front of the ship — is still said to be stuck in shallow water at one end of the canal.

According to Lloyd’s List, a prominent shipping journal, 429 vessels are backed up hoping to use the canal once it reopens.

But the progress has been a clear relief to mariners and authorities. In this video, posted to Twitter by a person on a nearby vessel at around 5 a.m. local time, shows a mariner giving a thumbs up:

According to the Suez Canal Authority, the Ever Given’s stern was moved 334 feet away from the bank, where it had previously been 13 feet away.

The efforts to free the vessel have occupied the Egyptian authorities and Dutch dredging experts Boskalis since early Tuesday. The team have been using a combination of winches and tugboats to push and pull the Ever Given, as well as specialized suction dredgers to move silt from around it.

On Friday night local time, the ship’s rudder was freed. By Sunday, there was some movement — causing the surrounding tugboats to start honking their horns in celebration. 

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