A Reuters witness aboard a tugboat saw the container ship Ever Given begin to move north into the Great Bitter Lake, which separates two sections of the canal and where it has been moored with its Indian crew since it was refloated on March 29. .
The ship, one of the world’s largest container ships, had wedged itself diagonally into the southernmost single-lane stretch of the canal for six days, disrupting world trade.
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) claimed more than $ 900 million in compensation for the salvage operation and other losses, later lowered to $ 550 million. He retained the ship by court order while he processed the claim, creating a dispute with the ship’s insurers and the Japanese owner Shoei Kisen.
After lengthy negotiations, an undisclosed agreement was reached between the parties and the SCA announced that the ship would be released on Wednesday.
A ceremony was to be held in the canal to mark the departure of the ship, which is loaded with some 18,300 containers.
Channel sources said the Ever Given would be escorted by two tugs and guided by two experienced pilots.