A giant container ship has run aground in the Suez Canal, causing a congestion of ships at either end of the vital international trade artery.
The 220,000-ton, 400-meter-long Ever Given got stuck in the canal on Tuesday and several attempts to refloat it failed.
The Ever Given, which carries hundreds of containers to Rotterdam from China, is owned by Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen and registered in Panama.
Photos taken from another vessel in the canal, the Maersk Denver, show the Ever Given housed at an angle across the waterway. He eclipses the tugs and diggers sent by the Egyptian authorities to try to free him,
The Vesselfinder navigation monitoring site shows the vessel in distress and the congestion of other vessels at either end of the canal.
The Suez Canal is one of the most important waterways in the world. It is 190 km long and connects the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and the shipping routes to Asia.
The canal can accommodate dozens of giant container ships a day, so any prolonged waits will cause serious delays.