Egypt's Suez Canal blocked by large container ship

Gordon_R

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Egypt's Suez Canal has been blocked by a large container ship that ran aground while turning after losing control in the narrow channel, vessel tracking sites show.

Several tug boats were deployed to help shift the 59m (194ft) wide vessel, the Ever Given, which has been causing a build-up of shipping traffic.

The incident occurred just north of the port of Suez early on Tuesday.

Edit: Wikipedia article has plenty of details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2021_Suez_Canal_obstruction
 
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Gordon_R

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I'm no helmsman, but surely they should have realized that turning a ship in such a confined space was a bad idea?!?!

The early version of the article that I posted was somewhat garbled. It has been significantly updated since then.
Evergreen Marine said the ship was "suspected of being hit by a sudden strong wind, causing the hull to deviate... and accidentally hit the bottom and run aground," Reuters news agency reported.
Dr Sal Mercogliano, a maritime historian based in the US state of North Carolina, told the BBC that incidents such as this were rare, but could have "huge ramifications for global trade".

"This is the largest vessel ever to go aground in the Suez Canal," he said, adding that the ship got lodged in the embankment and would have lost power and its ability to steer.

"If they are unable to pull her free... in a high tide, they are going to have to start removing cargo."

The operation to move the Ever Given, which could include removing large amounts of sand from around the areas where the vessel is grounded, may take days, Cairo24 news reported, citing an official at the Suez Canal Authority.
 
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eg2505

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is it really this easy to block a Major shipping route?

so if a nation that isnt happy with world affairs decides to, they could quite easily strangle the world quite easily.

I mean North Korea, they could sail their 10 ships into the suez canal, run them aground and pretty much choke the world into submitting to their will.

maybe instead of Nukes, countries could do this instead.
 

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The first ship from a convoy that had been blocked by the stranded vessel in the Suez Canal is on the move, indicating a resumption of traffic in the waterway, a shipping source and witness told Reuters.

Port agent GAC said the stranded ship had been partially refloated and moved alongside the canal bank.

 
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