One of the world’s largest container ships is stuck in the Egyptian Suez Canal, preventing other ships from passing.
Marine enthusiasts and other interested parties are currently using ship-tracking developments such as the Vessel Finder since being trapped in the major waterway of the 400-meter-long, 59-meter-wide Ever Given.
To connect the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea, the Suez Canal provides a short sea link between Europe and Asia. The narrow channel is one of the most used shipping routes in the world and is extremely important for international trade. But at the moment it is completely blocked.
Many photos have started appearing online showing the ship, not in an awkward position…
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A look at the extensive map (below) of the Vessel Finder shows other ships supported at various locations, while several tug boats attempt to free the Ever Give, operated by Taiwan-based Evergreen Marine. Another site, Tankertrack, Noted In addition to the container ships, “Saudi, Russian, Omani and American oil-carrying tankers” are waiting at either end of the canal.
The Panama-registered container ship was on its way from China to Rotterdam in the Netherlands when it became jammed. It is not currently clear what happened, but some reports suggest that the ship was engulfed while attempting to turn in the narrow channel.
Sites like Vessel Finder let you track ships as they traverse the world’s oceans and waterways. While there is little drama most of the time, such events generate a lot of interest in such online tools as people visit sites for updates.
For a more engaging rendition of global shipping traffic, check out this amazing animated map created a few years ago by data visualization firm Killan and the Energy Institute of University College London. And no, there is not a stuck ship in sight.