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Ever Given Ship Freed From Suez Canal After 7 Days of Blocking Traffic

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A container ship that has been blocking the Suez Canal, a key trade route, for seven days has finally been set free and is on the way to Great Bitter Lake.

Leth Agencies, a transit service, announced on Monday that the Suez Canal Authority and its staff members were successful in re-floating the Ever Given. The ship got lodged in the canal on Tuesday, blocking the trade route for a week and raising concerns that it could prompt spikes in gas prices—and therefore, also cause spikes for most products that people purchase in stores.

Video from the scene on Monday showed the ship headed for Great Bitter Lake, the widest part of the canal.

More than 300 vessels were waiting to transit down the Suez canal, according to Leth, and the team’s success in refloating the ship was thanks to the help of high tide and tugboats. Once it arrives in the Great Bitter Lake, the Associated Press reported it will be inspected.

The Suez Canal in Egypt connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, giving vessels a more direct route that reduces travel time by at least a week. On average, 51 ships pass through the canal each day, according to CNN, for a total of about 18,800 ships in 2020.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

The Ever Given was freed from the Suez Canal on Monday after 7 days of blocking traffic. This picture taken on Monday from a nearby tugboat in the Suez Canal shows a view of the Panama-flagged MV ‘Ever Given’ (operated by Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine) container ship as it begins to move.
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