The gigantic cargo ship that had blocked the Suez Canal for the best part of a week is back on the move, news that’s delighted and disappointed social media users in equal measure.
On Monday, the course of the MS Ever Given was corrected following a complex rescue operation after six days of being wedged sideways in the Egyptian waterway.
Twitter users seized on the freeing of the quarter-mile-long vessel.
Some urged authorities to “put it back,” suggesting the ship’s stranding was a metaphor for life during the coronavirus pandemic and that it had provided a weird kind of comfort.
Others predicted what would happen now and revealed who was really responsible for its rescue:
Everyone saying that it was better when the Ever Given was still in the canal is just jealous that she’s the only one that was able to get out of the rut she was stuck in this year 🙄
— Christine Love (@christinelove) March 29, 2021
No more Suez canal jokes. That ship has sailed. You missed the boat.
— Sridhar Ramesh (@RadishHarmers) 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
Six months later, at the Suez Canal:
“Digger, I’m back! 😄🚢”
“Hey, have you seen a digger who used to hang out here, it was about this size…. no?…. okay 😔” pic.twitter.com/ZLEIqzs98A
— Hisham (@hisham_hm) 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