The Ever Given has been freed, and so have the jokes – 15 favourites
After almost a week blocking the Suez Canal and costing international trade billions of pounds, the 400-metre container ship, Ever Given, has been refloated.
It began in the small hours of the morning, when tugs managed to dislodge the prow.
#BREAKING| Ever Given was successfully re-floated
at 4.30 am local time and was being secured at the moment, Inchcape, a global provider of marine services said on Twitter __ REUTERS#Egypt #Suez #SuezCanal #EVERGIVEN #Evergreen #BreakingNews|#قناة_السويس #السفينة_الجائحة #عاجل pic.twitter.com/HxFAW2LUzw
— Egypt Today Magazine (@EgyptTodayMag) March 29, 2021
It looked, for a time, as though the release had been a false start.
— Daily News Egypt (@DailyNewsEgypt) March 29, 2021
But it eventually made its way back on course.
BREAKING: the #EVERGIVEN is ON THE MOVE, headed northwards at around 3 knots (3.5mph).
What a great thing to see. pic.twitter.com/pOuc0hdRWV
— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) March 29, 2021
The efforts of engineers and tug boat crews were helped enormously by an unusually high tide.
Global economy saved from ruin by…full moon. https://t.co/jqEeuJVg4k
— Bill McKibben (@billmckibben) March 29, 2021
One crucial team expressed their – and the world’s – delight.
The Egyptian Team of the Tug boat “Mashhour” (pronounced mash- hoor) celebrates the success of freeing the #EverGiven After it got stuck in the Suez Canal.
They are chanting: Mashhour is number 1” pic.twitter.com/kZfFYvLP5f
— Anas Alhajji (@anasalhajji) March 29, 2021
Moving the ship not only cleared the way for the 400 blocked boats to move forward, but it also unleashed a flood of Twitter jokes.
After weeks at sea, the Captain of the Ever Given is relieved to be back on dry land, and ready to drive home. pic.twitter.com/kV68y2jNEn
— Pundamentalism (@Pundamentalism) March 29, 2021
Ever Given is on its way and the crew are reflecting on lessons learned. The tugboats are back on duty guarding world trade. The digger has found a renewed sense of purpose and quit to become a life coach and motivational speaker.
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) March 30, 2021
Good News: We got the big boat unstuck!
— RAF_Luton (@RAF_Luton) March 29, 2021
Problem solved. pic.twitter.com/YHpaKXgf0V
— Alexander Verbeek 🌍 (@Alex_Verbeek) March 28, 2021
— HappyToast ★ (@IamHappyToast) March 29, 2021
I did it. I knew that standing on the doorstep and clapping would free the ship eventually. But I’m no hero, I’m just an ordinary guy.
— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) March 29, 2021
Willem Dafoe after unblocking the Suez Canal pic.twitter.com/sy2YQQ0wu8
— Film Daze (@filmdaze) March 29, 2021
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