Probe into Suez Canal blockage to begin

An investigation is expected to begin soon into the blockage of Egypt's Suez Canal until Monday afternoon by a huge container ship.

Traffic through the canal has resumed for the first time in six days after the refloating of Japanese-owned vessel Ever Given. It is operated by a Taiwanese company.

Private ship-tracking website Vessel Finder is showing that vessels stranded in or around the canal have started moving. But the Suez Canal Authority says getting back to normal could take several days.

The Ever Given has been moved to a nearby lake for an inspection to determine if it is capable of resuming navigation.

Suez Canal Authority Chairman Osama Rabie suggested that a probe is in sight. He told reporters that the investigation will establish those who are responsible for the accident and so designate the sides, which will pay compensation.

The six-day blockage of one of the world's busiest trade routes has influenced global logistics and caused a significant loss to the Egyptian government, which heavily relies on revenue from the canal tolls.

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 inspected for damage and efforts will be made to return it to the ocean route as soon as possible.