A giant container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week has finally been freed after a mammoth salvage operation using tug boats.

The 400m-long (1,300ft) Ever Given was wedged across the canal before salvage crews dislodged her on Monday.

It was not immediately clear when full traffic could resume in the canal.

Suez is one of the world’s busiest trade routes, and companies were forced to reroute ships, causing long tailbacks of hundreds of vessels.

Peter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch salvage company Boskalis, said the Ever Given had been refloated at 15:05 (13:05 GMT) on Monday, “thereby making free passage through the Suez Canal possible again”.

The vessel was being towed to a location outside the channel for further inspection.

Tug boats taking part in the operation honked their horns in celebration.

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi thanked Egyptians for their efforts in “ending the crisis”.

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