March 2021

Suez Canal

The cargo ship that had blocked the Suez Canal set off

A giant container ship the length of four football pitches has become wedged across Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocking one of the world’s busiest trade routes. Dozens of vessels are stuck, waiting for rescue boats to free the 400m-long (1,312ft) ship, which was knocked off course by strong winds. Egypt has reopened the canal’s older channel to divert some traffic until the grounded ship can move again. The container ship Ever Given, owned by the Japanese company Shoei Kisen and operated by the Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine, sank a week ago at 151 km of the Suez Canal en route from China to Rotterdam. The length of this ship is 400 meters, its width is 59 meters and it’s carrying capacity is about 224 thousand tons.

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