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Congestion eases in the Suez Canal five days after the container ship Ever Given was refloated

The traffic congestion caused by a container cargo ship that blocked the Suez

Canal for nearly a week continued to ease since the refloating of the vessel a few

days ago according to international media reports.

Hardly two hundred vessels are now waiting for passage through the canal while

their number was over three hundred three days ago.


A total of about 350 vessels have crossed the Canal since the ship was re-

floated


The canal management agency said that a total of about 350 vessels have

crossed the Canal since the ship was re-floated by a flotilla of tugboats, helped by

the tides.

Earlier in the week the salvage teams got the container vessel Ever given

refloated, ending a crisis that had clogged one of the world's most vital waterways.


Canal officials said that more than 420 ships had been waiting for the Panama-

flagged, Japanese-owned ship to be freed so they could make the crossing.


The Ever Given had crashed into a bank of a single-lane stretch of the canal near

the city of Suez. The blockade of the canal forced many ships to take the long,

alternate route around the Cape of Good Hope at Africa's southern tip a 5,000-

kilometer (3,100-mile) detour that costs ships hundreds of thousands of dollars in

fuel and other costs.

Others waited in place for the blockage to be over and have started moving

through the canal. It would take at least a week for the congestion in the canal to

end

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