SUEZ, Egypt—Engineers partly freed a wedged ship blocking the Suez Canal, and tug boats are now working to straighten its course, which could soon reopen the vital trade route and end days of global supply disruptions.
Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, which operates the waterway, said Monday that tugs dislodged the bow of the 1,300-foot Ever Given, operated by Taiwan-based Evergreen Group, from the eastern bank of the canal.
“We are not finished yet, but it has moved,” he said, adding that tugboats would continue for another hour or so to ensure the ship could resume moving up the canal.
Work will resume when the high tide rises to near its peak, at around 11.30 a.m. local time when authorities hope to move the ship to the center of the canal.
Mr. Rabie later said that once the Ever Given is fully floated and inspected it will be moved north to be anchored at a lake along the route of the canal.