Suez Canal resumes traffic: official

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SUEZ CANAL, Egypt, March 29 (Xinhua) — The traffic in Suez Canal resumed after massive container ship Ever Given has been successfully refloated as being stranded in the canal for almost a week, Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Monday.

Xinhua correspondent on-site witnessed that the cargo ship was centered in the canal and is navigating to the north. Other ships are moving subsequently while honked their whistle.

“A total of 13 tug boats and two dredges belonging to the SCA took part in the rescue work of the ship,” said SCA chairman Osama Rabie.

The rising tide helping the tugging and pushing efforts of the ship, he added.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi thanked “Egyptians who contributed technically and practically to ending the crisis of the Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal.”

The SCA chief sent a message of reassurance to the international maritime community that “navigation in the canal resumed.”

The 224,000-ton container has been stuck and blocking the vital waterway since Tuesday last week after it lost the ability to steer amid massive winds and a sandstorm.

The incident caused a temporary suspension of navigation in the man-made canal, keeping at least 321 ships in wait. Enditem

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