Congestion ends in the Suez Canal days after a giant ship

The freighter Ever Given, which closed the passage of the Suez Canal
Photo: Satellite image (c) 2020 Maxar Technologies

All the boats that were congested by the strand of the giant freighter Ever Given on the Suez Canal in March, had passed through the channel until this Saturday, ending the congestion accumulated during the blockade, the channel official said.

The last 61 ships, of the 422 that were in the queue when Ever Given was deployed on Monday (29), passed through the vital commercial artery on Saturday, said the Suez Canal Authority (SCA).

International supply chains were disrupted when Ever Given, 400 meters long, ran aground on the channel on March 23. It took teams of rescue specialists nearly a week to release him, after extensive dredging and several towing operations.

In total, the schedule predicted that 85 ships would pass through the channel on Saturday, including 24 that arrived after Ever Given left, the Authority said.

An investigation by the organization began on Wednesday to find out what caused the ship to run aground and block the waters for six days, the channel’s authority president, Osama Rabie, told private broadcaster MBC Masr late Friday.

“The investigation is going well and will take another two days. And then we will announce the results ”, he added.


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