Updated 2039 GMT (0439 HKT) March 26, 2021
A large container ship got stuck in Egypt’s Suez Canal on Tuesday, March 23, stopping maritime traffic through one of the busiest waterways in the world.
The ship, a vessel named Ever Given, ran aground after strong winds and a sandstorm caused poor visibility and poor navigation, the Suez Canal Authority said in a statement. The ship was heading to the Dutch point of Rotterdam when it deviated from its course.
Ever Given, at 1,312 feet (400 meters), is almost as long as the Empire State Building.
The Suez Canal accounts for about 30% of global container ship traffic each day, according to the Reuters news agency. Experts worry that if Ever Given is not released soon, the jam could affect the oil market, shipping and container rates, causing the cost of everyday goods to rise.