A giant container ship that closed the Suez Canal and disrupted global trade in March returned safely by water
Ever Given, the Suez Canal Administration (SCA), said it was among a convoy of ships heading from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea.
It has unloaded its cargo in Europe and is now heading to Asia.
The ship was withdrawn after a major six-day rescue operation that left one person dead.
He was later arrested for three months near the canal city of Ismailia, when a compensation agreement was made between the owners of Egypt and Ever Given.
In a series of tweets, SCA said that Ever Given was accompanied by two tugs and elevated SCA guides down the 193 km (120 mi) channel.
— هيئة قناة السويس Suez Canal Authority (@SuezAuthorityEG) August 20, 2021
SCA was one of 26 vessels sailing through the canal in a north-south direction on Friday, with 36 vessels sailing in the opposite direction, SCA said the waterway was “the shortest and fastest navigational route connecting east to west”.
Ever Given, one of the largest container ships in the world, has delivered 18,300 containers to Rotterdam, Felixstowe and Hamburg and is now heading to China.
The 400-metre-long (1,312 feet) ship capsized along the channel after disrupting global trade and blocked hundreds of ships after landing under strong winds on March 23.
Following its release, SCA sought compensation from Ever Given’s Japanese owner, Shover Kisen, for compensation for rescue operations, damage to canal shores, and other losses.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Egypt eventually agreed to a request for $550m (£397m).
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