Osama Rabie, head of Suez Canal Authority, said the same day that all 422 ships stranded in the canal and nearby waters had passed through the waterway, one of the world's heaviest shipping lanes, after the 400-meter-long 220,000-ton Ever Given became wedged in it in late March.
The captain of the Ever Given has not been revealed, but Egyptian officials have said that human error may have caused the ship to run aground last month. The picture has been shared dozens of times on Twitter and Facebook.
The Suez Canal earned Egypt just over $5.7 billion in 2019-20, little changed from the year before, and similar to the $5.3 billion in revenues earned back in 2014.
A total of 422 ships have passed through the canal since the skyscraper-sized Ever Given was freed on March 29, after it blocked the canal for nearly a week, capturing worldwide attention to the global shipping industry.
When the 200,000-tonne, Panama-flagged container ship ran aground at the Suez Canal on March 23, it choked off global trade, impacting trading nations, including New Zealand.
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Women only account for two percent of the world's 1.2 million seafarers, and 94% of women seafarers work in the cruise industry, according to the International Maritime Organization.
Egypt says it is expecting more than $1 billion in compensation after the ship blocked the waterway for almost a week, according to a top canal official.
The wedging of the Japanese-owned, Taiwanese-operated ship had created tailbacks to the north and south, affecting billions of dollars worth of cargo.
The Ever Given and its cargo are now in the Great Bitter Lake, roughly halfway along the canal.
She is now ranked as a first mate and takes a final exam to gain the full rank of captain next month.
Egypt's first female ship's captain was blamed for the Suez Canal blockage despite having been hundreds of miles away from the incident, she told BBC News. Some chose to reroute around Africa, adding weeks to their journey.
A company overseeing shipping through the canal says as of Saturday morning, about 150 more vessels had arrived and were waiting to pass through the canal.
He also warned the ship and its cargo will not be allowed to leave Egypt if the issue of damages goes to court.
There were around 75 crude-oil and chemical tankers, it said.