Vice News reports:
The Suez Canal has been blocked and a big backlog of ships is building up after a huge container ship ran aground during bad weather. At least eight tug boats and a digger are working to dislodge and refloat the 400m long and 59m wide Ever Given.
The container ship, registered in Panama and operated by Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine, became stuck yesterday morning, and attempts to shift it and get traffic flowing again have so far failed.
It’s now emerged that the Ever Given’s journey was even more cursed than we first thought, as just before getting lodged in the canal, it charted a course that, well, just look at it.
Read the full article.
OH NO: misfortune’s unerring aim touched #EVERGIVEN‘s track as it departed the designated anchorage and steamed into the Canal.
— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) March 24, 2021
Update: still stuck.
How big is this #SuezCanal plug? Ultra big.
Size: 400m long / 59m wide
Gross tonnage: 219,079
Capacity: 20,388 TEUs (20ft container equivalents).
One of the largest container ships in operation. pic.twitter.com/rJunpJrAKE
— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) March 23, 2021
— Jeff Gibson (@GibbyMT) March 24, 2021
just to reiterate: about 10 percent of world trade has been at a standstill for 2 days because a cargo ship drew a giant dick in the Red Sea then wedged itself sideways in the Suez Canalhttps://t.co/hlN1PcmMhW pic.twitter.com/wfSKdrtpkj
— Matthew Champion (@matthewchampion) March 24, 2021