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Suez Canal Authority working to free grounded ship

A bottleneck of marine traffic has hit one of the world's busiest trade routes [Getty]

Date of publication: 24 March, 2021

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Historic sections of the canal are being opened in an attempt to unblock one of the world's busiest trade routes.

Egypt's Suez Canal Authority said Wednesday it was working to refloat a giant container ship that ran aground and blocked one of the world's busiest trade routes.

SCA chairman Admiral Osama Rabie  said in a statement that "rescue and tug units are continuing their efforts" to free the MV Ever Given, adding that historic sections of the canal were being opened in a bid to ease the bottleneck of backed up marine traffic.

Photographs released by the SCA also showed excavators onshore digging soil from the canal's bank, the earth-moving equipment dwarfed by the giant 400-metre (1,300-foot) long hull towering above.

Read more: Massive container ship blocks Suez Canal

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