The massive cargo ship Ever Given, which closed the Suez canal for six days in March, entered the waterway for the first time since leaving Egypt following the incident on Friday.
The ship, which was going from the United Kingdom to China, was part of a convoy of 26 vessels sailing from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea, according to the Suez Canal Authority (SCA). From the south, 36 more ships entered the channel.
The Ever Given was escorted through the canal by a crew of SCA senior pilots and two tugboats, according to a statement from the authority.
On March 23, the vessel, one of the world’s largest container ships, became stuck in the canal due to heavy winds, blocking traffic in both directions and affecting global trade.
The 400-metre (1,312-foot) yacht finally left Egypt on July 7, 106 days after becoming jammed across a southern section of the channel.
After protracted talks and an unknown settlement between the SCA and the ship’s owners and insurance, Egypt released the Ever Given. On July 29, it arrived in the Dutch port of Rotterdam before sailing to Felixstowe, England.
The Suez Canal, the shortest maritime route between Europe and Asia, is used by about 15% of the world’s marine traffic.
The Ever Given’s trip through the canal on Friday was her 22nd.
Marinetraffic.com and Vesselfinder.com, two shipping trafficking websites, showed the ship in the Red Sea after passing through the canal.