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Congestion in the Suez Canal ends 6 days after the ship is offshore – Prime Time Zone

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The last vessels passed the route this Saturday, 3; findings of the accident investigation are due to be released next week with evidence of human error

EFE / EPA / Mohamed HossamTraffic on the Suez Canal impacted the entire global maritime trade given the importance of the route in Egypt

More than 400 vessels got stuck in a row after the container carrier Ever Given ran aground on the Suez Canal on the 23rd of March. To the great relief of maritime trade, the ship was released after great efforts on Monday, 29, but it took another six days for the situation to finally normalize. This Saturday, 3, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced that the last vessels passed the route and that the congestion was over. In addition, the findings of the accident investigation are expected to be revealed to the public early next week, which should have major legal repercussions. About 12% of global trade passes through the 193 km channel, which connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Europe and Asia. For this reason, several companies suffered from delays in deliveries and the price of oil went up in the first days after the ship blocked the way. SCA claims that Ever Given ran aground due to a 74km / h gust of wind that would have caused the hull to deviate from the waterway. However, experts believe that these weather conditions alone could not have caused the accident, which must also have occurred due to some human error.

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