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Giant Containership Blocks Suez Canal after 'Gust of Wind' Knocks it off Course

24th March 2021
According to Bloomberg, the giant containership blocking the Suez Canal has now been moved alongside the bank of the waterway, potentially easing the disruption to one of the world’s busiest maritime trade routes According to Bloomberg, the giant containership blocking the Suez Canal has now been moved alongside the bank of the waterway, potentially easing the disruption to one of the world’s busiest maritime trade routes Credit: Bloomberg Middle East-twitter

On the Suez Canal, tug boats and diggers are working to free a giant containership stuck on the waterway after it veered off course in a sandstorm, officials said.

The incident, RTE reports has created huge tailbacks on one of the world's busiest trade routes.

Egypt's Suez Canal Authority said it was doing all it could to refloat the Taiwan-run but Panama-flagged MV Ever Given.

The 400-metre long and 59-metre wide vessel is lodged at an angle across the waterway.

Historic sections of the canal have been reopened in a bid to ease the bottleneck of backed up marine traffic.

"The container accidentally ran aground after a suspected gust of wind hit it," said ship operator Evergreen Marine Corp.

The SCA said the ship was caught up in a sandstorm, a common occurence in Egypt's Sinai desert at this time of year, blotting out light and limiting the captain's ability to see.

More here on this incident. 

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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