The last ships stranded by the grounding of a giant container ship in the Suez Canal should pass through the waterway on Saturday, according to the canal authority, which said an investigation into the incident would soon report its findings.
Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), said 85 vessels were expected to cross the canal from both sides on Saturday. They will include the last 61 ships out of the 422 that stood in line when the Ever Given container ship was released on Monday, thus ending the backlog for shipping that was built up during the crisis, he added.
International supply chains were put in order when the 400-meter-long (430-yard) Ever Given ran aground in the important trade artery on March 23, with special rescue teams taking almost a week to free her after extensive dredging and repeated towing operations.
An SCA investigation was launched on Wednesday into what caused the ship to land in the Suez Canal and block the waterway for six days, Rabie told MBC Masr’s private TV late Friday.
“The survey is going well and will take another two days, then we will announce the results,” he added.