THE mega-ship longer than the Eiffel Tower blocking the Suez Canal has been partially refloated.
However teams working to free the vessel said it remained stuck for now and it was unclear how long it would take to fully reopen the canal even after the ship eventually gets moving.
Footage posted on social media appeared to show the Ever Given had straightened after its stern had swung towards the canal bank enabling other ships to pass.
The 400m-long Ever Given became wedged in the shipping lane due to extreme weather conditions last Tuesday.
Inchcape, a maritime services firm, is one of several sources reporting that the boat had been freed at 4.30am local time.
News agency Reuters, citing shipping sources, said the cargo vessel was almost fully re-floated and had restarted its engines.
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