A skyscraper-sized freighter that got stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal on Tuesday is on the move, according to reports.
The blockage disrupted traffic in the 300-foot-wide man-made waterway for nearly a day when the MV Ever Given, a Panama-registered vessel that carries goods between Asia and Europe, hit bottom from the channel Tuesday.
The ship started moving on Wednesday after being refloated and moved to the side of the waterway, a shipping source and a witness told Reuters.
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Footage showed the ship’s bow touching the eastern canal wall as its stern appeared to be lodged against the western wall – an extraordinary event experts said they had never heard of before in the canal’s 150-year history.
“The Suez Canal will spare no effort to ensure the restoration of navigation and serve the movement of world trade,” said Lieutenant General Ossama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal Authority.
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Officials assigned tugs to the task of trying to clear the obstacle as more ships began to line up one after another in the Mediterranean and Red Sea, awaiting passage to transport goods on the road through which about 10% of world trade flows, including large amounts of oil.
An official warned that moving the ship could take at least two days. The first reports of blockages emerged around 8 p.m. EST, and Reuters reported movement around 8 a.m. EST.
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