Evergreen Line is pleased to confirm that EVER GIVEN has been successfully refloated within the Suez Canal approximately. 15:04 March 29 local time(21:04 Taipei time). In order for the Canal to resume normal operation, the vessel is leaving the grounding size with assistance of tugboats.
The chartered will be repositioned to the Great Bitter Lake in the Canal for an inspection of its seaworthiness. The outcome of that inspection will be determined whether the ship can resume its scheduled service. Once the inspection is finalized, decisions will be made regarding arrangements for cargo currently on the board.
We are most grateful to the Suez Canal Authority and all the concerned parties of their assistance and support through this difficult and unfortunate situation. We would also like to express our deepest appreciation to the crew who remain steadfast in their post as well as the salvage experts and dredging team for their professionalism and relentless efforts over the past 6 days toward securing this outcome.
Evergreen will coordinate with the ship owner to deal with subsequent matters after the ship owner and other concerned parties complete investigation reports into the incident.
EVER GIVEN is a 20,000 TEU-class container ship, currently leased by Evergreen Marine Corp-under, under a time charter agreement. The ship is deployed on a Far-East-Europe service route.