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Ship stuck in Suez Canal makes successful return trip

The container ship Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal earlier this year, made it through the waterway without incident.

The vast ship caused a worldwide collapse on March 23 when it ran aground in high winds and got stuck across the canal, blocking the passage of hundreds of ships, disrupting global trade and triggering a flotilla of memes and mockery on social media.

It was eventually refloated in a six-day rescue operation that resulted in the death of one person.

But on Sunday, the 1,312-foot ship, one of the largest in the world, successfully returned through the channel en route from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.

Tracking data from the vessel revealed that the vessel had returned along the 120-mile route without interruption and was currently in the eastern Mediterranean.

In March, the boat, registered in Panama and operated by shipping company Evergreen Marine, paralyzed the busy seaway for nearly a week.

Eleven small tugs were needed to refloat her before she was sent to a wider part of the canal known as the Great Lakes.

He was impounded near the canal town of Ismalia while the Suez Canal Authority demanded compensation from the shipowners for the costs of the rescue.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it is understood that SCA had requested £ 397million.

Delays and disruptions to world trade are said to have cost nearly $ 10 billion (£ 7.5 billion).

After a dry dock facelift in China this fall, Ever Given was part of a convoy that crossed the canal on Sunday to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Forgiven but not forgotten, the SCA took no chances this time around as it would have lifted the state of emergency and along the navigation route and had a tug in the bow and stern of the vessel.