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.