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The Suez Canal is [finally / finale] open again after the giant vessel that had blocked it for a week is refloated. The 220,000-ton Ever Given container ship managed to get [widget / wedged] between both sides of the [strategy / strategic] waterway last week. The [subsequent / subsequently] blockage disrupted global trade and international markets. [Analysts / Analysis] forecast it has cost Egypt $100 million [on / in] lost revenue. The week-long [preserve / jam] means there is a [log / backlog] of ships waiting to sail through the canal. More than 450 ships are anchored in the Red Sea or in the Mediterranean near both ends of the canal. Authorities say they will try and [twice / double] the daily average of 50 ships to pass through the [channel / tunnel] to around 90 to 100 vessels.

There has been a [monument / monumental] effort over the past week to free the 400-metre-long Ever Given. Dredgers have been clearing sand underneath it [in / on] an attempt to refloat it, and a flotilla of 30 [hug / tug] boats worked to pull it away from the canal's [banks / bankers] . They were helped by a [high / tall] tide in the final hours of the salvage operation. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah El Sisi thanked everyone who took [party / part] in the effort to refloat the ship. On social media, he said the refloating was successful [spiteful / despite] there being "massive technical complexity". He added: "The world can now rest [assured / sure] about the passage of goods through this [pivotal / pivot] shipping route. Egyptians today proved that they are always [down / up] to the challenge."

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