The giant container ship Ever Given that has blocked the Suez Canal since last Tuesday is on the move again after being refloated on Monday at around 3 p.m. With a full moon on Sunday, the following 24 hours had offered the best window to work, with a few extra inches of tidal flow. Teams of divers inspected the hull throughout the operation and found no damage, officials said.The vessel will now undergo a technical inspection. The 220,000-ton vessel is able to carry 20,000 containers. Satellite data from VesselFinder.com showed the ship moving. The Suez Canal was freed. “We pulled it off!,” Peter Berdowski, chief executive of Royal Boskalis Westminster, a Dutch maritime salvage company hired by the vessel’s owner, said in a statement.
“Today, the Egyptians have succeeded in ending the crisis of the delinquent ship in the Suez Canal despite the tremendous technical complexity that surrounded this process from every side,” Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said Monday in a tweet.Traffic is resuming in the channel. The blockage held up $9 billion in global trade each day. Over two dozen vessels have opted for the alternative route between Asia and Europe around the Cape of Good Hope, adding some two weeks to journeys and threatening delivery delays. Around 50 ships pass through the Suez Canal each day. Nearly 19,000 ships passed through the canal during 2020.