SUEZ, Egypt – The huge container ship that blocked traffic in the Suez Canal last week resumed its voyage on Monday after being successfully floated again

“Efforts to levitate the criminal Panamanian container ship Ever Given are successful,” said Lt gene Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a statement

The crucial waterway is now being reopened after days of intensive rescue efforts to free the ship

An eyewitness from NBC News and satellite data from MarineTrafficcom, a ship surveillance location, confirmed the ship was moving offshore towards the center of the canal

“I am pleased to announce that our team of experts, in close cooperation with the Suez Canal Authority, will present the Ever Given on April 29th March at 3:05 pm local time has successfully made it afloat again, thus enabling free passage through the Suez Canal “, said Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis

The Ever Given had stalled the main global trade route and caught the world’s attention after it was stranded last Tuesday

The 1stA 400-foot-long cargo ship blocked diagonally across a southern section of the Suez Canal, leaving a total of 367 ships, including dozens of container ships and bulk carriers, unable to use the main trade route as of Monday morning

Dredgers were working to remove the stranded ship over the weekend, moving large amounts of sand to a depth of 60 feet, the Canal Authority said on Sunday

A total of 14 tugs carried out pulling maneuvers from three directions in order to remove the ship

The ship was partially floated again early Monday after some initial successes. Efforts to free the ship were resumed when the water level rose again at high tide

Maritime traffic would resume as soon as the ship was aimed at Great Bitter Lake, a wide stretch of water halfway between the north and south ends of the canal where it will be subjected to a technical inspection, the canal authority previously announced / p>
Videos shared on social media, apparently filmed by smaller ships involved in the rescue operation, showed Egyptian workers cheering for the first breakthrough early Monday

“Today the Egyptians managed to end the crisis of the grounded ship in the Suez Canal, despite massive technical complications that engulfed this operation,” he said in a tweet on Monday

“I thank every honest Egyptian who technically or practically participated to end this crisis,” he added

The stranded Panama-flagged, Japanese-owned ship had stopped all traffic on the Canal, experts feared it could take weeks to free it and unblock a route that accounts for about 12 percent of world trade / p>

Over the Suez Canal, 50 cargo ships can operate daily between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, which is an important trade corridor between Europe and Asia

The shutdown threatened to disrupt oil and gas supplies from the Middle East to Europe. Syria has already begun rationing the distribution of fuel in the war-torn country amid concerns about delays in the arrival of the shipments, The reported Associated Press

Shipping rates for oil product tankers have nearly doubled after the ship came to a standstill, Reuters reported, and the blockade has disrupted global supply chains that were already encumbered by Covid-19 restrictions

If the blockade dragged on, shippers may have been forced to reroute their cargoes around the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of Africa, adding about two weeks to voyages and additional fuel costs

Charlene Gubash reported from Suez, Richie Duchon from Los Angeles and Yasmine Salam from London

Charlene Gubash is a Cairo-based NBC News producer. Gubash, a Minnesotan native, has lived and worked in the Egyptian capital since 1985

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