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'She's free': Traffic in Suez Canal resumes after stranded ship refloated

Key waterway between Europe and Asia blocked since Tuesday; at least 369 vessels waiting to transit canal

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Ship Ever Given, one of the worlds largest container ships, is seen after it was fully floated in Suez Canal, Egypt (Photo:Reuters)

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Shipping traffic through Egypt's Suez Canal resumed on Monday after a giant container ship which had been blocking the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated, the canal authority said.

The 400-metre (430-yard) long Ever Given became jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds early last Tuesday, halting traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

Live footage on a local television station showed the ship surrounded by tug boats moving slowly in the centre of the canal. The station, ExtraNews, said the ship was moving at a speed of 1.5 knots.

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First Published: Mar 29 2021 | 6:57 PM IST

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