Traffic in Suez Canal resumes after ship freed

Shipping traffic through Egypt's Suez Canal has resumed after workers managed to free a huge container ship that was blocking it.

Suez Canal Authority Chairman Osama Rabie said the waterway reopened at 6 p.m. on Monday, local time.
Video from the authority shows the freed Japanese-owned vessel Ever Given moving slowly.

Rabie said the blockage left more than 400 vessels stranded in or around the canal.
He says the authority will work around-the-clock to resolve the impact on logistics, but warns getting back to normal could take about 4 days.
The Ever Given got stuck in the key waterway last Tuesday. The authority led efforts to refloat the vessel.
Following days of dredging and tugging, the ship was finally freed on Monday.

The ship's owner Shoei Kisen Kaisha is based in western Japan. The company issued a statement on its website that says the Ever Given will be checked for damage after the ship is moved to Great Bitter Lake, and efforts will be made to return it to the ocean route as soon as possible.