Shipping is on the move again in the Suez Canal after tugs refloated a giant container ship which had been blocking the channel for almost a week, causing a huge build-up of vessels around the waterway.

With the 400-metre-long Ever Given dislodged, 113 ships were expected to get through the canal in both directions by early Tuesday morning local time, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman Osama Rabie told reporters. He said a backlog of 422 ships could be cleared in three-and-a-half days.

The Ever Given had become jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal, the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia, in high winds early on March 23.

Approximately 30,000 cubic metres of sand had been dredged to refloat the 224,000-tonne container ship, with 11 tugs and two powerful sea tugs used to pull it free.

Vessels waiting to transit the canal include dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, Nile TV reported.

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The stranded ship had held up an estimated $9.6b of trade along the waterway each day, to which Mr Eagle said equated to about $400m an hour or, as the Beeb reported, $6.7m a minute.

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