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Owner of stranded Suez Canal ship aims to free vessel on Saturday

Companies weigh alternative routes, including the Arctic

The satellite image shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, on March 25.   © Cnes2021, Distribution Airbus DS/AP

IMABARI, Japan/TOKYO -- The Japanese owner of the ship blocking the Suez Canal aims to free the vessel by Saturday night Japan time, the company said on Friday.

Shoei Kisen set out the time frame to dislodge the Ever Given as the company's president apologized for the disruption caused by the stranding of the 400-meter-long container vessel in one of the world's busiest waterways.

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