(Reuters) – Maritime traffic through Egypt's Suez Canal has resumed after a giant container ship that had blocked the busy waterway for almost a week was flooded, the canal authority said.
400 meters (430-yard)) Ever given got stuck diagonally across a southern part of the canal in strong winds at the beginning of last Tuesday and stopped traffic on the shortest shipping between Europe and Asia.
"She is free," said an official involved in the salvage operation.  After dredging and excavation work over the weekend, rescue workers from the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and a team from the Dutch company Smit Salvage managed to partially return the ship early on Monday with tugs, say two marine sources and shipping. 1
At least 369 vessels are waiting to transit the canal, including dozens of container vessels, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, said SCA President Osama Rabie.
SCA has said that convoys can be accelerated through the canal once Ever given has been released. "We will not waste a second," Rabie told Egyptian state television.