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Suez Canal traffic jam caused by stuck Ever Given cleared

Source : 112 Ukraine

The last ships stranded by the giant container vessel that was stuck in the Suez Canal have now passed through the waterway, the canal authorities say
22:09, 4 April 2021

Suez Canal
France 24

More than 400 vessels were left waiting at either end of the canal when the 400m-long Ever Given became wedged across it on 23 March. This is reported by BBC.

But Egypt's Suez Canal Authority says the shipping traffic jam is now over.

Officials have opened an investigation into the incident and expect to made their findings public early next week.

The results could have major legal repercussions, as various parties seek to recoup the costs of the repairs to the ship and the canal, as well as the salvage operation.

About 12% of global trade passes through the 193km (120-mile) canal, which connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe.

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The 220,000-tonne Ever Given was finally freed last Monday after a major salvage operation involving a flotilla of powerful tug boats and dredging vessels that shifted an estimated 30,000 cubic metres (1.1m cubic ft) of mud and sand.

The operation allowed hundreds of ships, carrying millions of tons of cargo, to start moving through the waterway.

A total of 85 ships, carrying cargo weighing 4.2 million tons, passed through the canal in both directions on Saturday, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement.

These were expected to include the last 61 ships out of the 422 that were queuing when the Ever Given container vessel was dislodged.

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