The Suez Canal blocked while the “mega ship” Ever Given remains blocked

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The Suez Canal blocked while the


A giant container ship ran aground in the Suez Canal on Tuesday, blocking one of the world’s busiest trade routes in both directions for nearly 19 hours.

The 200,000-ton Ever Given was en route from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean when it got stuck sideways in the channel at around 5:40 a.m. GMT, according to the GAC shipping agent.

As of 11:30 p.m., data from the Marine Traffic vessel tracking site showed the vessel was still in the same position, with at least five tugs attempting to free it.

The vessel, operated by Evergreen Marine, is 400m long and 59m wide and its predicament has caused an increase in maritime traffic.
A photo posted on Instagram, apparently by a crew member on a nearby ship, showed a small excavator attempting to clear the ground along the shore to free the ship.

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