A flyer image published by the Suez Canal Authority on March 24, 2021 shows part of the Taiwanese MV Ever Given (Evergreen), a 400-meter-long and 59-meter-wide ship that is laid sideways and obstructs all traffic on the waterway of the Egyptian Suez Canal.
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Ever Given, the giant container ship blocking the Suez Canal, has been floated again and is being secured, the maritime transport company Inchcape said in a Twitter post.
The ship is one of the largest container ships in the world. It is a 220,000 ton mega-ship with a capacity of 20,000 containers that is nearly a quarter mile long.
It got stuck last Tuesday after running aground while entering the Suez Canal from the Red Sea.
The ship completely blocked the canal, which is home to up to 12% of the world’s sea trade, creating a traffic jam with hundreds of ships waiting to enter the Suez.
It remains unclear when the canal would be open to traffic.
The shipping crisis, now on the sixth day, has heightened concerns about the global supply chain, which has already been hit by the coronavirus pandemic. According to Lloyd’s List, each day the blockade disrupts more than $ 9 billion worth of goods, which is roughly the equivalent of $ 400 million an hour.
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