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With Ship Now Freed, A Probe Into Suez Canal Blockage Begins

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In this photo released by Suez Canal Authority, the Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship, is pulled by one of the Suez Canal tugboats, in the Suez Canal, Egypt, Monday, March 29, 2021. Engineers on Monday "partially refloated " the colossal container ship that continues to block traffic through the Suez Canal, authorities said, without providing further details about when the vessel would be set free. (Suez Canal Authority via AP)

(AP) — Experts have boarded a colossal container ship that had blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week before it was dislodged. Everyone is wondering what went wrong to cause the blockage that shook the global shipping industry and clogged one of the world’s most vital waterways. A canal pilot says engineers are inspecting the Ever Given for damage and trying to determine why it ran aground. The ship was safely anchored Tuesday in the Great Bitter Lake, a wide stretch of water halfway between the north and south ends of the canal after salvage teams succeeded in finally freeing the skyscraper-length vessel the previous day.

 

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