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Suez Canal: Egypt’s president declares end to container ship crisis as Ever Given ’starts to move’

The megaship “has turned but not afloat”, its owner said.

29/3/2021 1:30:00 PM

The megaship “has turned but not afloat”, its owner said.

Egypt's President has declared an end to the crisis of the giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal after its owners revealed it had been freed from the bank. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made the announcement on his official social media pages on Monday. Footage posted on social media appears to show the 400 metre-long megaship facing the right direction in the water as tugboats battled to straighten it after the vessel smashed into the bank last week.

The megaship “has turned but not afloat”, its owner told reporters this morning.The partial freeing of the vessel came after intensive efforts to push and pull the ship with ten tugboats as the full moon brought spring tide, Leth Agencies said, raising the canal’s water level and hopes for a breakthrough.

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Two heavier tugboats joined the mission on Sunday in afresh bid to move the stricken Ever Given.The Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned ship that carries cargo between Asia and Europe, got stuck in a single-lane stretch of the canal on Tuesday.Story continues

Despite a massive operation authorities have been unable to remove the vessel and traffic through the canal, valued at more than nine billion US dollars (£6.5 billion) a day, has been halted. Shipments ranging from cars and laptops to livestock and oil pass through the canal every day. headtopics.com

Two boats, the Dutch-flagged Alp Guard and the Italian-flagged Carlo Magno, were called in to help tugboats already there. They reached the Red Sea near the city of Suez early on Sunday. Read more: Yahoo Singapore »

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