Giant container ship that blocked Suez Canal set free

Stuck Ship Thrusts Sleepy Suez Canal Village Into Limelight
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FILE - In this March 28, 2021, satellite file image from Planet Labs Inc, the cargo ship MV Ever Given sits stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt. The sleepy farming village of Amer overlooks the Suez Canal, one of the world’s most important waterways. Last week, it was suddenly thrust into the limelight after a massive container ship got stuck in the canal near the village. The contrast between tranquil village life and the busy artery of global shipping is stark.

SUEZ, Egypt (AP) —  A canal service provider says workers have successfully set free a colossal container ship that for nearly a week has been stuck sideways across the Suez Canal, one of the world’s most crucial arteries for trade.

Leth Agencies said the vessel had been refloated on Monday. Helped by the peak of high tide, a flotilla of tugboats managed to wrench the bow of the skyscraper-sized Ever Given from the sandy back of the crucial waterway, where it had been firmly lodged since last Tuesday.