Egypt's Suez Canal blocked by large container ship

BBSA

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There are a few industries that ship raw materials over a long distance..

One that springs to mind is raw alumina that is shipped from Australia to Richard's bay to be smelted into Aluminum in SA. Am not sure of the specifics of the Suez canal but it's entirely possible that it could disrupt supply chains.

But, to be fair, if they are using the canal, they where never destined for our shores anyway.
My point is not really that the material are destined for our shores.

If the supply chains between China and Europe are disrupted, then it could impact the stuff they manufacture. Which in turn could mean we can not get the products we need from those countries.
 

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There are a few industries that ship raw materials over a long distance..

Supply chains include a lot of intermediate materials. From a link on the previous page:
Mirical Emblems is a firm specialising in heat-applied print transfers for clothing and uniforms, based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

It has a shipment of raw material stuck on a boat in the Red Sea that is trying to get into the Suez Canal. The cost of the goods and the cost to ship them comes to £16,000.

The shipment is already delayed due to the pandemic, as the original ship it was meant to travel on was rerouted, and had to wait for the next vessel bound for the UK.
The ship with the raw material shipment is meant to dock at the Port of Southampton on 9 April.

But if the delivery continues to be delayed, Mirical Emblems will have to pay for a second shipment of the raw material and have it flown over from South Korea for three times the shipping cost - roughly £21,000 - because the firm can't afford to upset its clients and affect their supply chains too.
 

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Doesn’t really make Cape Town relevant, those big ships will be passing it far out to sea and won’t even see it.
Unless you think that the crew on those ships don't give a **** about shore leave, or provisionsing their ships for further trips?
 

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Unless you think that the crew on those ships don't give a **** about shore leave, or provisionsing their ships for further trips?

The ships provision when they leave the starting port, theres no such thing as shore leave on a China-Europe or China-USA voyage. Putting into port costs money.
 

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So they sail past cape town. They're probably not even going to be in sight of the coast. Makes no difference whatsoever to SA or Cape Town. Would be better for the world if SA wasn't even there - then the route could be shorter

Will probably have to call at Durban, PE (Coega deep water port) or Cape Town for bunkers (fuel) as the distance has increased massively.
 

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Doesn’t really make Cape Town relevant, those big ships will be passing it far out to sea and won’t even see it.

Due to the huge increase in distance, they may need to call for bunkers (fuel).
 
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