Salvage teams on Monday released a colossal container ship that halted global trade across the Suez Canal, ending a crisis that clogged one of the world’s major sea arteries for almost a week

With the help of the tide, a flotilla of tugs managed to tear the bulbous prow of the skyscraper-sized Ever Given from the sandy bank of the canal, where it had been anchored since last Tuesday

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Satellite data from MarineTrafficcom confirmed the ship was moving away from shore towards the center of the artery

The obstacle has resulted in massive congestion in the vital passage, bringing in $ 9 billion a day for world trade and putting a strain on supply chains already strained by the coronavirus pandemic

It remained unclear when traffic through the canal would return to normal. At least 367 ships, carrying everything from crude oil to cattle, have piled up at either end of the canal, waiting to pass

The data firm Refinitiv estimated it could take more than 10 days to clear the ship congestion

Dozens of ships have now opted for the alternative route around the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of Africa – a detour of 5000 kilometers, which adds two weeks to journeys and ships costing hundreds of thousands of dollars in fuel and other costs

The liberation of the ship took place after dredgers sucked up sand and mud from the bow of the ship and 10 tugs pushed and pulled the ship for five days to get it partly afloat again at dawn

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