The ship’s engines had started and preparations were under way to move the Ever Given to the Great Lakes area.
The stranded Suez Canal container ship Ever Given has almost been completely floated and will undergo initial inspections before being moved, a shipping source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday.
The ship’s engines had started and preparations were under way to move the Ever Given to the Great Lakes area, a canal source said.
Leth Agencies said early Monday that the modest breakthrough came after intensive efforts to push and pull the ship with 10 tugboats and vacuum up sand with several dredgers at spring tide. The firm said it was awaiting confirmation of the refloating from the Suez Canal Authority.
The MV Ever Given was successfully re-floated at 04:30 lt 29/03/2021. She is being secured at the moment. More information about next steps will follow once they are known. #suezcanel #maritime pic.twitter.com/f3iuYYiRRi
— Inchcape Shipping (@Inchcape_SS) March 29, 2021
Lt. Gen. Osama Rabei, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, said workers continued “pulling maneuvers” to refloat the vessel early Monday.
Satellite data from MarineTraffic.com showed the ship in the same position, surrounded by a squadron of tugboats with its bow stuck in the canal’s eastern bank.
The skyscraper-sized Ever Given became stuck in the Suez Canal last Tuesday and has held up $9 billion in global trade each day, bringing disruption to the vital waterway.
As per the latest news from our Egypt office, tugs are around the MV Ever Given but have not started yet due to strong winds.
We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide an update as new information becomes available.
— Inchcape Shipping (@Inchcape_SS) March 28, 2021
Already, hundreds vessels remained trapped in the canal waiting to pass, carrying everything from crude oil to cattle. Over two dozen vessels have opted for the alternative route between Asia and Europe around the Cape of Good Hope, adding some two weeks to journeys and threatening delivery delays.