A ship sails along the waterway of the Suez Canal after the resumption of the navigation traffic following the partial refloating of the
A ship sails along the waterway of the Suez Canal after the resumption of the navigation traffic following the partial refloating of the "Ever Given", a container ship operated by the Evergreen Marine Corporation. The state-run Suez Canal Authority (SCA) reported that eight tugboats are trying to shift the Panamanian supertanker after it ran aground in the southern end of the Suez Canal and blocked the traffic in both directions. The ship turned sideways in the Canal, while on route from China to Rotterdam, due to reduced visibility that resulted from a dust storm hitting the area, according to SCA. Photo: Ahmed Shaker/dpa

dpa/GNA – Tug boats are trying to refloat a container ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal on Tuesday, disrupting the traffic in one of the world’s major waterways for trade.

The state-run Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said that eight tug boats were trying to shift the Panamanian supertanker Ever Given that ran aground while sailing through the waterway on a Rotterdam-bound voyage.

The ship is 400 metres long and 59 metres wide, the authority said.

The incident took place on Tuesday due to poor visibility resulting from bad weather, the SCA added in a statement.

The mishap reportedly blocked other vessels from passing through the canal, sending oil prices higher on Wednesday.

However, SCA chief Osama Rabae said that traffic had returned to normal in the older part of the canal.

In 2015, Egypt opened a 35-kilometre extension running parallel to the historical canal that was inaugurated in 1869.

The artificial shipping route connects the Mediterranean and Red seas, and Asia and Europe.

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