Children celebrate after the Ever Given container ship was freed in the Suez Canal on Monday, March 29.
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In pictures: Container ship freed in Suez Canal

Updated 8:29 PM ET, Mon March 29, 2021

Children celebrate after the Ever Given container ship was freed in the Suez Canal on Monday, March 29.
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A massive container ship got stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal on Tuesday, March 23, halting marine traffic for almost a week.

The ship, a vessel named the Ever Given, was fully dislodged and refloated six days later. It had run aground after strong winds and a sandstorm caused low visibility and poor navigation, the Suez Canal Authority said. The ship was en route to the Dutch port of Rotterdam when it was knocked off course.

The Ever Given, at 400 meters (1,312 feet), is almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall.

The Suez Canal is one of the busiest waterways in the world. It accounts for about 30% of global container ship traffic each day, according to the Reuters news agency.