ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) – A huge container ship that blocked the Egyptian Suez Canal for almost a week was partially floated again, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced on Monday, hoping that the busy waterway will soon be reopened for major shipping traffic jams

The 400-meter-long Ever Given was dammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in strong winds last Tuesday and stopped traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia

After further dredging and excavations over the weekend, SCA rescue workers and a team from the Dutch company Smit Salvage worked to free the ship with tugs in the early hours of Monday, two maritime and shipping sources said

The SCA said Ever Given has been largely straightened along the east bank of the canal and further towing will resume once the tide rises later Monday Maritime traffic through the canal will resume once the ship is directed to the sea area – a wider section of the canal, he added

At least 369 ships waited to pass through the canal, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, said SCA chairman Osama Rabie

“It is very likely that shipping will resume by noon today, God willing,” Rabie told Egyptian state television on Monday. “We will not waste a second”

The SCA has said it will be able to speed up convoys through the canal once Ever Given is cleared

Rabie said it could take two and a half to three days to clear the backlog, but Maersk Shipping Group said it could take weeks or months for the impact of global shipping to resolve

“We have movement, which is good news but I wouldn’t say it’s child’s play now,” Peter Berdowski, CEO of Smit Salvage’s parent company, Boskalis, told Dutch public broadcaster

High pressure water would be injected under the stuck bow of the ship to remove sand and clay However, if this were not successful, containers might have to be removed from the ship, causing a significant delay, said

A source involved in the rescue operation told Reuters on Monday that they would ballast the ship again and expected that the cargo would not have to be removed when the tide was favorable

“The good news is she’s moved, but she’s still in the mud. A second large anchor handling tug will arrive this morning. Hopefully they can pull her free”

The ship’s technical manager, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), said operations to ensure that the ship is fully afloat would continue

(Graphic: Ever Given contained the ship afloat again, but massive ship traffic jams remained on the Suez Canal -)

Video posted on social media showed the ship swerving around and opening space in the canal.Other footage shot at dawn included celebratory cheers and horns ringing from the tugs around the ship

Crude oil prices fell following advances in resurging the ship, with Brent crude falling about $ 045 a barrel to $ 6412 Shares in Taiwan-listed Evergreen Marine Corp – the ship’s lessor – rose 175%

Approximately 15% of the world’s shipping traffic crosses the Suez Canal, which is an important source of foreign currency income for Egypt. The interruption costs the canal 14 to 15 million US dollars per day

Shipping rates for oil products tankers nearly doubled after the ship was stranded The blockade has disrupted global supply chains and threatened costly delays for companies already addressing COVID-19 restrictions

Some shippers rerouted their cargoes around the Cape of Good Hope, resulting in trips and additional fuel costs of up to two weeks

Maersk said it diverted 15 ships around the cape after calculating the voyage would match the current delay in sailing to Suez and standing in line

“When evaluating the current ship inventory, it can take 6 days or more to expire the entire queue,” Maersk said

Reporting by Yusri Mohamed, Nadine Awadalla and Aidan Lewis; additional reporting by Omar Fahmy, Momen Saeed Atallah and Mahmoud Mourad in Cairo, Florence Tan in Singapore, Anthony Deutsch and Bart Meijer in Amsterdam and Akshay Lodaya; Writing by Lincoln Feast and Kirsten Donovan; Editing by Richard Pullin and Timothy Heritage

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