The massive 400-meter-long and 59-meter-wide container ship stuck in the Suez Canal on Tuesday morning when it lost control while crossing it north of the Port of Suez.
Cairo | A huge container ship named The Ever Given carrying goods from China caused a huge traffic jam in the Suez Canal. According to reports, this container ship has a Panama flag on it. The Suez Canal, 193.3 km long, connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. A similar canal was built in Panama, which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.
Vessel stuck due to loss of control
The massive 400-meter-long and 59-meter-wide container ship stuck in the canal on Tuesday morning when it lost control while crossing it north of the Port of Suez. Large tugs (powerful boats pushing ships) were deployed to remove it. However, it is to be feared that it will take several days to get this container ship out of here.
Severe traffic jam in the sea
The road having been blocked by this ship, a large number of ships are stranded on the shores of the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. Every day, thousands of small and large ships travel from Europe to Asia and from Asia to Europe via this channel. If this route remains closed for a long time, then ships will have to travel to Europe, circling the African continent.
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The Ever Given, a mega container ship blocking the Suez Canal, seen via satellite images captured yesterday:
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The ship was going from China to the Netherlands
The Panamanian container ship Ever Given was on its way to the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, after loading goods from China. The ship took the Suez Canal route to Europe from the Indian Ocean. However, it stranded north of the port of Suez at around 7.40 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning. The vessel was built in 2018, which is operated by Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine.
Ship blocked due to a strong gust of wind
According to the report, the crew of Ever Given reported that their ship overturned due to a strong wind tornado while crossing the Suez Canal. Later, when they tried to straighten it, it wandered the full width of the canal and stopped all traffic. Another freighter The Mersuck Denver is trapped behind this ship.