Cargo ship “Ever Given” stuck and blocking traffic on the Suez Canal
The massive container ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal, stopping traffic on one of the world’s busiest waterways, is still stuck after it appeared that little progress was made Wednesday to dislodge the ship.
The ship, named Ever Given, was wedged horizontally into the waterway due to strong winds. Several tugs were dispatched to the site to assist in the refloating operation, which can take days.
At around 4 p.m. ET, a spokesperson for Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, who is the ship’s technical manager, said the ship was still stranded with ongoing refloating efforts.
The massive cargo hauler is over 1,300 feet long and about 193 feet wide. It weighs more than 200,000 tons. One end of the ship was wedged into one side of the canal and the other extended almost to the other shore.
The 120-mile-long man-made waterway is a key point in world trade, connecting a constant flow of goods from east to west.
Everything from consumer products to machinery parts to oil flows through its waters.
Nearly 19,000 ships passed through the canal during 2020, averaging 51.5 per day, according to the Suez Canal Authority. The ship was sailing from China to Rotterdam when it ran aground.
Satellite images showed a build-up of boats at both ends of the waterway as the Ever Given stopped the flow of traffic.
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