Ship blocking Suez canal freed

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The giant ship that has been blocking the Suez Canal has finally been freed.

The stern of the Ever Given has been wedged across the Suez Canal for almost a week. Salvage crews dislodged the 400m-long (1,300ft) container on Monday, freeing up one of the world’s busiest trading routes.

Peter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch salvage company Boskalis, said the Ever Given had been refloated at 15:05 (13:05 GMT) on Monday, “thereby making free passage through the Suez Canal possible again”.

The vessel was towed to a location outside the channel for further inspection.

However, it was not immediately clear when full traffic could resume in the canal.