Ships continue to transit Suez Canal

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The Suez Canal expects to see 140 more ships pass through the waterway after traffic restarted following the release of a grounded container ship.

Shipping convoys through the canal resumed on Monday evening local time after tugs pulled the 400-metre long Ever Given container ship free from the spot where it became wedged on March 23.

The Ever Given's stranding across a southern section of the canal forced a halt to all traffic, leading to a build-up of 422 ships at either end of the canal and along its course.

Suez Canal Authority chairman Osama Rabie said 95 ships would pass by Tuesday evening local time, and a further 45 by midnight, reasserting that he hoped a backlog caused by the blockage would be cleared in three to four days.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said the Ever Given's grounding had drawn attention to the importance of the waterway for global trade.

"We didn't hope for something like this, but fate was doing its work," Sisi said as he greeted staff on a visit to the Suez Canal Authority in Ismailia.

"It showed and reaffirmed the reality and importance of the canal."