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第430期
(2021/04/01出刊)
長榮貨輪擱淺 癱瘓蘇伊士運河

 Egypt’s Suez Canal, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, was recently blocked by a huge container ship, paralyzing all traffic.
 The Suez Canal Authority said the 400-meter-long Ever Given got stuck on the morning of March 23rd after facing high winds and a dust storm. Experts said that had never happened before in the canal’s 150-year history.
 The ship was positioned across the full width of the canal. Its bow stuck into the bank. Officials worked for days to free the ship. Digging equipment on the shore removed dirt and rock blocking the ship’s path. Experts said that the best chance for freeing the massive container ship would be the day when the tide reaches a peak.
 The Panama-registered ship transports goods between Asia and Europe. Evergreen Marine Corporation is a major Taiwan-based shipping company that operates the ship.
 Constructed by the Suez Canal Company, the Suez Canal officially opened in 1869. The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, thus providing the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe. About 12% of global trade passes through the Suez Canal.

 埃及的蘇伊士運河,世界上最繁忙的貿易路線之一,日前被一艘擱淺的巨大貨櫃輪堵住,癱瘓了水道上的所有交通。
 蘇伊士運河管理局表示,長四百公尺的「長賜輪」貨櫃輪三月二十三日上午因遭遇強風和塵暴而擱淺在水道。專家說,這是運河一百五十年來首次發生這樣的狀況。
 長賜輪的船首撞進河岸,橫向卡住了整條運河。官員耗時數日努力讓這艘貨櫃輪脫困,以岸邊的挖掘設備清除阻擋船隻前行的泥土和岩石。專家表示,讓這艘巨大貨櫃輪脫困的最好時機是漲潮期。
 這艘在巴拿馬註冊的貨輪,航行於亞洲和歐洲之間運輸貨物,隸屬於臺灣大型航運公司長榮海運。
 蘇伊士運河公司建造的蘇伊士運河,於一八六九年正式開放,貫通地中海及紅海,與印度洋相連,是歐洲與亞洲間最短的水路;全球百分之十二左右的海上貿易通過這條運河運輸。