Videos show a part-cleared Suez Canal after the huge container ship blocking it was refloated

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An image from a video Monday of the Suez Canal, which the Ever Given, right, had blocked.
  • Videos from the Suez Canal on Monday show how much the Ever Given's position has shifted.
  • The container ship, which once completely blocked the channel, is refloated but not fully free.
  • Authorities in Egypt said they would try to move it farther Monday. The canal remains closed.
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Videos show clear water in the Suez Canal after the Ever Given was repositioned Monday following a massive effort to clear the vital shipping channel.

The massive container ship has blocked the canal for six days, causing havoc to global shipping as tugboats and dredgers work to free it.

But the ship has now been partly freed and its engines restarted, as shown in this video posted by the academic Mohammed Soliman:

This image from the ship-tracking website MarineTraffic.com shows the position of the Ever Given at about 9 a.m. local time:

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The Ever Given, marked with a circle, on Monday.

This video, posted by the New York Times reporter Evan Hill, shows what that gap looks like from the ground level:

The ship was refloated Monday in a gradual process helped by the rising tide, The New York Times reported.

More work needs to be done before the ship can move fully. Its bow - the front of the ship - is still said to be stuck in shallow water at one end of the canal.

According to Lloyd's List, a prominent shipping journal, 429 vessels are backed up hoping to use the canal once it reopens.

But the progress has been a clear relief to mariners and authorities. This video, posted to Twitter by a person on a nearby vessel at about 5 a.m. local time, shows a mariner giving a thumbs-up:

According to the Suez Canal Authority, the Ever Given's stern was moved 334 feet away from the bank, where it had previously been 13 feet away.

The efforts to free the vessel have occupied the Egyptian authorities and the Dutch dredging experts Boskalis since early Tuesday. The team has been using a combination of winches and tugboats to push and pull the Ever Given, as well as specialized suction dredgers to move silt from around it.

On Friday night local time, the ship's rudder was freed. By Sunday, there was some movement - causing the surrounding tugboats to start honking their horns in celebration.

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