At least 160 ships carrying vital fuel and cargo are waiting to pass through the blocked waterway while a container ship almost as long as the Empire State Building is being caught in Suez Canal.
You often come across the traffic jam on roads. But did you ever hear about the traffic jam in waterways? If not, then Suez Canal has one with at least 160 ships carrying vital fuel and cargo waiting to pass through the blocked waterway while a container ship almost as long as the Empire State Building is being caught in Suez Canal.
For reference, the size of the ship stuck in the Suez Canal compared to other landmarks 👇 pic.twitter.com/paAUNYO55E
— Michael Li 李之樸 (@mcpli) March 25, 2021
Shipping experts believe it could take days or even weeks to free the 224,000-ton vessel that is wedged across the Suez Canal, blocking one of the world’s busiest waterways since Tuesday.
The Suez Canal is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez; and dividing Africa and Asia.
The Ever Given, a container ship almost as long as the Empire State Building is tall, ran aground on March 23 after being caught in 40-knot winds and a sandstorm that caused low visibility and poor navigation, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement.
Authorities attempted to re-float the vessel Thursday morning but were not successful. Another attempt will be made later on Thursday, according to Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, the vessel’s technical manager.
The Suez Canal Authority hasn’t gotten the ship unstuck yet but they did make this great sizzle reel of them not getting the ship unstuck set to what sounds like a royalty-free version of the Tenet soundtrack https://t.co/WEf27ekums pic.twitter.com/ZRTeO3m7yU
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) March 25, 2021
🔎 Suez canal blockage seen from space 🛰
Airbus-built Pléiades high-res. satellite image 📷taken this morning, showing a container ship stuck in the canal. pic.twitter.com/YOuz1NEXk8
— Airbus Space (@AirbusSpace) March 25, 2021
Meanwhile, at least 160 ships carrying vital fuel and cargo are waiting to pass through the blocked waterway, according to a senior canal pilot at the SCA.
Dislodging the vessel could take “days to weeks, depending on what you come across,” according to Peter Berdowski the CEO of Boskalis, whose sister company SMIT salvage is now working to free the ship.
The Suez Crisis is more aptly known as the tripartite aggression. A human-made waterway, the Suez Canal is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, carrying over 12% of world trade by volume.