By Lucky Uwakina (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The 220,000-ton Ever Given was freed by salvage teams early on Monday, nearly one week after the 1,300ft-long ship ran aground and choked off global trade, according to maritime services provider Inchcape.
Video from the crucial waterway shows a fleet of tugboats alongside the re-floated Ever Given, blowing their foghorns in a chorus of celebration having dislodged the skyscraper-sized vessel.
It was not immediately clear how long it would take to reopen the Suez Canal to traffic, or to clear the backlog of more than 300 ships currently awaiting transit through.
The obstruction is estimated to be holding up around £6.5billion each day in global trade and straining supply chains already burdened by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hundreds of ships, carrying everything from crude oil to cattle, are still waiting to pass through the canal, while dozens more are taking the alternate route around the Cape of Good Hope at Africa’s southern tip – adding some two weeks and thousands of miles to journeys and threatening delivery delays.