Ever Given rises with the tide and uncorks the Suez Canal, freeing 357 ships

The Suez Canal is set to resume operations today after the 20,388 TEU Ever Given was re-floated overnight.

Ever Given rises with the tide and uncorks the Suez Canal, freeing 357 ships

The Suez Canal is set to resume operations today after the 20,388 teu Ever Given was re-floated overnight.

 

According to the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), the vessel will now be towed to the Bitter Lakes area for technical inspections, opening up the waterway for the resumption of traffic.

The stranded container ship which ran aground in the Suez Canal on March 13 has been successfully re-floated at 04:30 local time on March 29, following an operation that included up to 13 tugs and two dredgers removing more than 27,0000 tonnes of mud from beneath the ship’s bow.

 

Experts expect the backlog of ships at the canal to take more than a week to clear, but with many container ship schedules out of synch’, the effects of the grounding in European ports could be felt for much longer.

 

Salvage teams had been concerned about their prospects for a successful operation when it was discovered on March 28, that the ship was beached on a mass of rock, complicating the operation. However, Suez Canal tugs did manage to move the vessel over the weekend as the tide rose, and with the extra pulling power of the two larger tugs hired for the job the ship was pulled clear of the bank.

 

Some 12% of global trade uses the Suez Canal with part of the waterway widened to allow two-way traffic the section where Ever Given was grounded has a channel wide enough for only one vessel.