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UNCLEAR WHEN IT CAN BE REFLOATED, CONTAINER BLOCKS SUEZ CANAL

As per the canal authority, while there are efforts to dislodge the giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal, which has allowed its stern and rudder to move, it remains unclear when it can be refloated.

The 400 meter long Ever Given became wedged diagonally across a southern section of the canal amid high winds early on Tuesday, blocking one of the world’s busiest waterways.

Once cleared, hundreds of vessels are waiting to pass. 15% of the world’s shipping traffic transits the canal.

Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Chairman Osama Rabie said he hoped it would not be necessary to remove some of the 18,300 containers to lighten the ship’s load, but that strong tides and winds were complicating efforts to free it.

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