PANAJI: One of the busiest shipping routes in the world, Suez Canal has now been cleared of the blockage caused by container ship ‘Ever Given’ getting grounded.

As per the statement on the Suez Canal Authority website, ​Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman and Managing Director of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), has announced that the Panamanian container ship has been successfully refloated. This was the result of successful push and tow maneuvers which led to the restoration of 80% of the vessel’s direction; with the stern 102 m. away from the bank of the Canal now instead of 4 m. prior to the refloating.

“Maneuvers are set to be resumed once more during high tide at 11:30 a.m.; as it shall reach 2 m., allowing for the full restoration of the vessel’s direction so it is positioned in the middle of the navigable waterway. His Excellency, Admiral Rabie, would like to reassure the international navigation society as navigation shall be resumed immediately upon the complete restoration of the vessel’s direction and directing it to the Bitter Lakes waiting area for technical inspection. His Excellency has also commended the efforts of the SCA workers who achieved this heroic feat saying that they have done their patriotic duty impeccably and that in all certainty work will be complete very soon.”

The global trade was seriously hit due to the grounding of the almost-400m long vessel ‘Ever Given’ last week and India had recently come up with a four-point plan to tackle the situation.


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