Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief Osama Rabi said in a phone interview with State TV, “The container ship successfully floated after responding to the pulling maneuver.” “Once the ship is withdrawn, we will resume direct navigation, and we will take it to the bitter lakes.”
The ship is mostly disliked and the crew plans to completely cancel it later on Monday.
Video footage of the rescue operation shows the ship’s rear, removed from the bank and facing the canal after a significant movement. Now the officers will keep the stern freed from the bank, as they work to pull the front, or bow.
As soon as the news came, the people present in the canal started getting happy. “Thank God the ship flew.” “God is great. The ship has sailed.”
The SCA said in a statement that operations would resume to free the rest of the ship when the water level rises in the late morning.
Mohammed Mamish, a former head of the Suez Canal and a port adviser to the Egyptian president, told CNN Arabic that the canal is expected to be ready for passage by today.
Crews from Egypt and around the world are working nonstop to evacuate the ship, with 10 tug boats, sand dredges and salvage companies operating for the last seven days to free the ship.
Previous attempts have failed – but this latest effort is being executed during high tide where the water in the channel is at its highest level.
The Eiver Given, a 224,000-ton ship that is nearly an Empire State Building tall, sank into the Egyptian Canal on 23 March. A major attempt to salvage the ship focuses on the sand falling from the front and back. The ship, before pulling the ship with tugboats.
The SCA said in a statement that rescue teams started digging deeper as they reached 18 meters (59 feet) in front of the ship on Sunday and got closer to the ship. Rabi said that 27,000 cubic meters (953,000 cubic feet) of sand has been extracted so far.
Rabi said the reasons behind the accident are not clear.
“There are many factors or causes, strong winds and sandstorms can be a cause but not the main cause – it can be a technical fault or a human error,” he said. “There will be further investigation.”
Concerns increased over the weekend about the impact of the interruption on the global supply chain. One of the world’s busiest and most important waterways, the Suez Canal, is incurring an estimated $ 14 million in transit fees every day, while billions of dollars of cargo backlogs are on the more than 350 ships currently waiting.
The effects of the crisis are already evident. After oil tankers were unable to make deliveries due to the interruption, nearby Syria on Sunday imposed fuel rations to secure the dwindling oil supply. Syrian officials said the rationing order was “necessary to guarantee the continued supply of basic services to Syrians, such as bakeries, hospitals, water stations, communication centers and other important institutions.”
CNN’s Tim Lister contributed to this report.