Shipping is on the move again in the Suez Canal after tugs refloated a giant container ship which had been blocking the channel for almost a week, causing a huge build-up of vessels around the waterway.
With the 400-metre-long Ever Given dislodged, 113 ships were expected to get through the canal in both directions by early Tuesday morning local time, Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chairman Osama Rabie told reporters. He said a backlog of 422 ships could be cleared in three-and-a-half days.
The Ever Given had become jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal, the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia, in high winds early on March 23.
Approximately 30,000 cubic metres of sand had been dredged to refloat the 224,000-tonne container ship, with 11 tugs and two powerful sea tugs used to pull it free.
Vessels waiting to transit the canal include dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels, Nile TV reported.
Before it got stuck, the cargo ship’s route seemed to resemble a crude… doodle. The Bunch spoke to Steve Eagle, a shipping and trade expert who recounted this bizarre story that, quite literally, stopped the world….
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The stranded ship had held up an estimated $9.6b of trade along the waterway each day, to which Mr Eagle said equated to about $400m an hour or, as the Beeb reported, $6.7m a minute.
Suez memes. Go. pic.twitter.com/35NxD4fyD9
— Evergreen Intel (@vcdgf555) March 24, 2021
Today’s Comic: We are all, in our own little way, that ship. pic.twitter.com/GVDjLxzErX
— Chaz Hutton (@chazhutton) March 24, 2021
loudly referring to every situation as ‘some real Suez Canal shit’ regardless of context
— Deirdre (@figgled) March 25, 2021
— Jamie Jones (@JamieDMJ) March 25, 2021
— Zaina Erhaim (@ZainaErhaim) March 24, 2021
Good news for today: whatever happens, at least you’re not the guy who got his boat stuck in the suez canal and broke maritime shipping
— The Higgs Boatswain (@jephjacques) March 24, 2021
My ambitious plan to free the boat is to push a huge cotton swab up the canal pic.twitter.com/ZnY4ehu8fx
— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) March 25, 2021
okay, hear me out pic.twitter.com/0FiCp33KJn
— Garrett Miller (@heyitsgarrett) March 25, 2021
And, now, if this doesn’t motivate you, nothing will…
the boat made it and so can you
— Twitter (@Twitter) March 29, 2021