© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Ship Ever Given, one of the largest container ships in the world, seen after completely swimming in the Suez Canal
CAIRO (Reuters) – All ships that were stranded in March by the landing of the giant container ship Ever Given in the Suez Canal had sailed through the canal by Saturday and ended the backlog created during the blockade, the canal authority said.
The last 61 ships of 422 ships in the queue when the ship was withdrawn from service on Monday passed the vital trade artery on Saturday, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said.
International supply chains got into disarray when the 400-meter-long Ever Given ran aground in the canal on March 23. It took specialist rescue teams almost a week to rescue them after extensive dredging and repeated tugging.
A total of 85 ships should pass the canal on Saturday, including 24 ships that arrived after Ever Given was relocated, the SCA said.
An SCA investigation began on Wednesday into why the ship ran aground in the canal for six days, blocking the waterway, canal authority chair Osama Rabie told MBC Masr’s private television network late Friday.
“The investigation is going well and will take two more days, then we will announce the results,” he added.
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