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Suez Canal Blockage? New Container Pyramid Would Add to Egypt’s Historic Tourist Attractions

29th March 2021
This proposal for a solution of the problem of mega-load of containers on the Ever Given has taken thoughtful account of local sensitivities and an ancient culture
This proposal for a solution of the problem of mega-load of containers on the Ever Given has taken thoughtful account of local sensitivities and an ancient culture

As the old business school saying has it, there are no problems - there are only fresh opportunities. The acute problem of the relatively rare blockage of the Suez Canal, with the salvors of the 400m Ever Given faced with an order from the President of Egypt to unload the hundreds of containers in the hope of lightening the shop sufficiently to float the ship, would seem to most folk to be an enormous challenge of logistics, fraught with genuine and possibly fatal physical hazards.

But those who have a habit of thinking outside the box (or boxes if you prefer) suggest that, with a bit of imagination, an unexpected benefit can be derived from the situation, and if sufficient sand can be persuaded to settle on it over the years - perhaps held in place with a judicious sprinkling of cement - in a thousand of years’ time archaeologists will have developed a wide range of theories as to how it came to be there in the first place. The reckoning is it will come to be seen as an offshoot of the Cargo Cult of Papua New Guinea.

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William M Nixon has been writing about sailing in Ireland for many years in print and online, and his work has appeared internationally in magazines and books. His own experience ranges from club sailing to international offshore events, and he has cruised extensively under sail, often in his own boats which have ranged in size from an 11ft dinghy to a 35ft cruiser-racer. He has also been involved in the administration of several sailing organisations.

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