After five days of struggling to free the Ever Given from where it ran aground, the vessel was partially refloated and, according to shipping officials, close to fully freed.
The giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal was refloated on Monday and is being secured, maritime services company Inchcape said in a Twitter post.
But it remains unclear what the condition of the stranded ship is and when the canal would be open to traffic, with Inchcape saying that “more information will follow once they are known.”Efforts to free the mega vessel, known as the Ever Given, have lasted for nearly a week. The ship became stuck last Tuesday after running aground while entering the Suez canal from the Red Sea.
Ever Given is one of the largest container ships in the world. It is a 220,000-ton mega ship nearly a quarter-mile long with a 20,000 container capacity.