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Ever Given container ship leaves Egyptian waters - source

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Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen at the Suez Canal after the canal authority reached a settlement with the vessel's owner and insurers, in Egypt's Great Bitter Lake in Ismailia, Egypt, July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File Photo

ISMAILIA, July 13 (Reuters) - The Ever Given container ship that had blocked the Suez Canal in March left Egyptian waters at 4 a.m. local time following inspections at Port Said, a canal source said on Tuesday.

Ship tracker MarineTraffic showed the Ever Given to be underway in the Mediterranean Sea north of the Egyptian coast.

The container ship, one of the world's largest, resumes its voyage to Rotterdam 112 days after becoming wedged across a southern section of the Egyptian waterway for nearly a week and disrupting global trade.

The ship was released on July 7 after protracted negotiations and an undisclosed settlement was reached between the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and the Ever Given's owners and insurers.

Reporting by Yusri Mohamed, writing by Nafisa Eltahir, editing by Aidan Lewis, Louise Heavens and Jane Merriman

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