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Containership Ever Given that Got Stuck in Suez Canal 106 Days Ago Begins Exit

7th July 2021
The container ship, Ever Given that blocked the Suez Canal in March has left the position it has been anchored in for more than three months to depart the waterway The container ship, Ever Given that blocked the Suez Canal in March has left the position it has been anchored in for more than three months to depart the waterway Credit: RTE News-twitter

Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships has resumed its journey to leave the Suez Canal, 106 days after becoming wedged across a southern section of the waterway for nearly a week and disrupting global trade.

A Reuters witness on board a tug boat saw the Ever Given start to move north in the Great Bitter Lake (see Monday's 'agreement' story), which separates two sections of the canal and where it has been moored with its Indian crew since being refloated on 29 March.

Canal sources said the vessel would be escorted by two tug boats and guided by two experienced pilots as it makes its way through the canal, one of the world's busiest waterways, towards the Mediterranean Sea.

A ceremony was held at the canal to mark the departure of the ship, which is loaded with about 18,300 containers.

The Ever Given had become grounded in the southernmost, single-lane stretch of the canal on 23 March amid high winds.

RTE News has more on this story. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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