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Suez Canal traffic blocked by grounded ship

Written by Eric Apim on Wednesday, March 24th 2021 à 15:15 | Read 341 times

The Ever Given is blocking all passage in both directions (photo: Instagram/ Julianne Cona)
The Ever Given is blocking all passage in both directions (photo: Instagram/ Julianne Cona)
EGYPT. A container ship ran aground in the middle of the Suez Canal and is completely blocking traffic on this main route (10% of world maritime trade), since Tuesday morning, March 23, 2021. The vessel Ever Given of the Taiwanese company Evergreen, flying the Panama flag, was hit by a gust of wind of 40 knots (74 km/h). In a statement issued on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, the chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, said that a sandstorm was raging in the area and hampering visibility. Coming from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, it is about 6 km north of the southern mouth of the canal, near the city of Suez, an area of the one-way canal.

Several attempts to refloat it with eight tugs have failed. Operations could last at least two days.

More than a hundred ships are now waiting, creating a huge traffic jam. No ship can now use the canal from north to south. Every day, an average of fifty of them use this route.

According to the Vessel Finder website, the Ever Given left Ningbo (China) on March 4, 2021 and its final destination is Rotterdam, where it was due to arrive on March 31, 2021 at 2:00 a.m.

Christened in 2018, the Ever Given is a 200,000-ton ship with dimensions of 400 meters long and 59 meters wide.


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