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‘Challenge still ahead’ to free Suez ship — salvage firm

Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship that is wedged across the Suez Canal and blocking traffic in the vital waterway is seen March 29, 2021 (AP Photo/Mohamed Elshahed)
Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship that is wedged across the Suez Canal and blocking traffic in the vital waterway is seen March 29, 2021 (AP Photo/Mohamed Elshahed)

The head of a Dutch salvage firm helping shift a container ship from the Suez Canal warns that “the challenge is still ahead” despite some success in moving it, as the bow remains stuck.

“The good news is that the stern is free, but in our view, that was the easier part. The challenge is still ahead, because you really have to slide the ship, with the weight it is carrying,” Boskalis chief executive Peter Berdowski tells Dutch public radio.

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