Traffic Jam is Suez Canal caused by Ever Given

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Serena Lawrence, Journalist

The Suez Canal is a man-made waterway opened on November 17 in 1869 in Egypt that connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea. It is one of the most used shipping lines in the world. It stretches 120 miles and took 10 years to build. It provides the shortest maritime route between Europe and the lands lying around the Indian and western Pacific oceans.Without the Suez, shipment traveling between those parts of the world would have to traverse the entire continent of Africa,

The Ever Given is one of the largest container ships in the world and is owned by Shoei Kisen Kaisha. It was built in 2018. On March 23,2020, due to high winds caused by a sandstorm, the Ever Given, got pushed sideways and ended up stuck across both banks on the waterway. Some say that all the containers that were stacked on the deck acted as a sail.

The boat had about 18,300 containers. It is said that if you stack the containers one behind another, it would span 20 miles. Because there was so much cargo, the workers refloated the ship using around 11 tugboats, and the full moons high tide. They brought the ship to deeper water and were able to free it. 

The Suez Canal is responsible for $5.1 billion of westbound cargo each day, with another $4.5 billion coming eastbound. That’s a total of $9.6 billion on the line until the Ever Given is cleared. Traffic did not resume in the canal until the ship was completely freed.That isn’t even including the ship itself, which could be covered for around $200 million. The ship was stuck for a week and they lost about $90 million dollars in total.  

 

BBC News, Suez Canal traffic jam caused by stuck ship Even Given ‘cleared’, April 3, 2021

Brendan Crowley, Here’s the Minute-by-Minute Breakdown of the Ever Given’s Crash, April 9, 2021

Isabel Debre and Samy Magdy, Suez Canal reopens after stuck cargo ship is freed, March 29, 2021

Jared Malsin, Amira El-Fekki, and Benoit Faucon, suez Canal Has Reopened, but Ever Given Isn’t free to Go, April 8, 2021