In a relief to the global supply chains that were run in an unexpected crisis, a giant container ship grounded in the Suez Canal almost a week ago was freed on Monday. The 400-meter MV Ever Given has been wedged diagonally across the canal since Tuesday.
The stern of the boat has now moved away from the canal’s western bank, according to the reports. Social media soon flooded with memes and videos of the giant ship which gave touch times Egypt’s Suez Canal Authorities.
“The position of the ship has been reorientated 80 per cent in the right direction. The stern… moved to 102 metres (335 feet) from the shore,” confirmed Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief Osama Rabie.
A human-made waterway, the Suez Canal is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, carrying over 12% of world trade by volume.
People at the canal began cheering as news of Monday’s progress came in. There are now 367 vessels — including 35 crude oil tankers and 96 container ships — waiting to use the canal.