The Ever Given, a container ship weighing more than 200,000 tons, is stuck in the Suez Canal, stopping traffic on one of the world’s key waterways.
Authorities worked all Wednesday to clear the freighter, but it remains firmly stuck as ship traffic accumulates on both sides of the canal.
Towers always given on machinery on land
In this photo released by the Suez Canal Authority, a freighter, named Ever Given, sits with its bow nailed to the wall on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, after it doubled over in Egypt’s Suez Canal. , blocking traffic in a crucial east. West inland waterway for global shipments.
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In one image, Ever Given overshadows a piece of heavy machinery and two workers standing on the side of the canal. The bow of the ship can be seen touching the eastern wall of the canal.
The ship’s operator, Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine Corp., said in a statement that the Ever Given ran aground, driven by strong winds as it entered the Suez Canal from the Red Sea.
The stuck ship seen from space
Cropped satellite images captured on March 23, 2021 show the container ship Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal in Egypt.
Satellite images show the difficulty of getting the ship out of the narrow channel. The Ever Given is over 1,300 feet long and about 193 feet wide.
One of the tugboats deployed at the site.
In this photo released by the Suez Canal Authority, a ship sails in front of a huge freighter, named Ever Given, rear, is on land on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, after it turned on its side in the Suez Canal. from Egypt, blocking traffic on an East-West inland waterway crucial for global shipping.
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A tugboat is seen alongside the ship as authorities tried to start the refloating process, which can take days.
Officials on the scene discuss the options.
In this photo released by the Suez Canal Authority, Lt. Gen. Ossama Rabei, head of the Suez Canal Authority, second from right, speaks with other staff members aboard a ship near the jammed freighter Ever Given the Wednesday March 24, 2021, after it got stuck through Egypt’s Suez Canal and blocked all traffic on the vital waterway.
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Officials from the Suez Canal Authority speak with staff aboard a ship near the hosted freighter.
The Suez Canal is a busy waterway
The container ship RDO Concord navigates the Suez Canal as Egypt celebrates the 150th anniversary of the canal’s opening in Ismailia, Egypt, on November 17, 2019.
Mohamed Abd El Ghany | Reuters
More than 50 ships pass through the Suez Canal each day, transporting everything from consumer products to machinery parts to oil around the world.
The canal connects goods from far corners of the world
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln approaches the Mubarak Peace Bridge as it transits the Suez Canal in Egypt, May 9, 2019. Photo taken on May 9, 2019.
Dan Snow | United States Navy | Reuters
Construction of the man-made canal began in 1859. In 2014, the Egyptian government embarked on a multi-million dollar renovation. The expanded waterway was opened in 2015.