The world’s largest and busiest waterway, the Suez Canal, has been evacuated and maritime traffic, which had been closed for a week, has been restored.
According to the international news agency, the Ever Given ship was re-floated in the canal and the Suez Canal was reopened to sea traffic.
After the ship was pulled out of the canal, the crew of the tugboats blew their horns. When the Japanese-owned ship, about the size of four football fields, was towed, oil prices fell on the world market.
The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean and the Red Sea and is the shortest route connecting Asia and Europe, passing through 10% of world trade.
Earlier, the British news agency reported that the shipping service provider Inch Cape Shipping Service wrote on its Twitter that the ship was successfully floating at sea level at 4:30 am local time.
For the past several days, attempts have been made to evacuate the giant ship with the help of Egyptian tugboats and bulldozers.
The 400-meter-long cargo ship was unable to maintain its balance and direction due to a strong thunderstorm when a sandstorm engulfed much of Egypt’s Sinai Desert and the Middle East on Tuesday.
The 59-meter-wide Evergreen sank at 5:40 a.m. on the south bank of the Suez Canal, according to GMT. The ship has been anchored in the Suez Canal since Tuesday. The ship blocked all maritime traffic between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean.
According to the ship’s operator, the Ever Given, en route from China to the port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, sank due to a strong gust of wind.
However, the head of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabi, told reporters on Saturday that “the accident was caused by a technical and human error rather than by high winds.”
Commercial goods, including the ship’s 25-member crew, were not damaged or spilt.