Grounded cargo ship Ever Given floating, moving through Suez Canal, authorities say

One of the largest ships in the world was refloated and was moving through the Suez Canal on Monday after being grounded for seven days, authorities said.

Hopes heightened that hundreds of waiting ships would soon be sailing through the crucial global waterway. The stern of the Ever Given, which had been grounded about four yards from the bank, earlier had been swung more than 100 yards away, the Egyptian-owned Suez Canal Authority said in a statement.

“This was the result of successful push and tow maneuvers, which led to the restoration of 80% of the vessel’s direction,” the statement said.

Admiral Osama Rabie, who manages the authority, pledged the more than 360 ships awaiting passage would start to flow through the canal soon.

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