Suez Canal backlog cleared after week-long blockage

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The backlog of ships built up at the Suez Canal after the grounding of a giant container ship has finally been cleared, according to Egyptian authorities.

Suez Canal Authority chairman Osama Rabea said the final 85 ships, carrying 3.8 million tonnes, passed through the canal on Saturday (local time).

The ramping up of operations and the quick clearing of the backlog of ships demonstrated the authority’s ability to handle emergencies, it said on its Facebook page, adding that successfully crossing such a large number of ships in such a short space of time was a new achievement for the authority.

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