After 6 days blocking the Suez Canal, the grounded mother container ship EVER GIVEN was partially freed around 0540 hrs ( 0340 UTC) .
According to the Suez Canal Authority , the container ship is now fully afloat. Efforts will now get under way to restart shipping navigation, with more than 450 vessels waiting near the canal. The backlog has strained global supply chains already stretched by the pandemic as the route is a conduit for about 12% of global trade.
Two additional tugboats, the Dutch flag ALP GUARD
and the Italian flag CARLO MAGNO arrived early on Sunday to help in the salvage operation.
The Egyptian government agreed to accept an offer of help by American military dredging experts relayed through the US Embassy in Cairo. “The Biden administration is tracking the situation closely. As part of our active dialogue with Egypt, we have offered US assistance to Egyptian authorities to help re-open the canal. We are consulting with our Egyptian partners about how we can best support their efforts,” a US official said.
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Published – Monday 29th March ,2021.