This gigantic cargo ship is stuck in the Suez Canal, blocking traffic between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea
The Suez Canal It is the connection point between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. All ships that want to save thousands of kilometers around Africa take advantage of this “shortcut” to cross from one part to the other. Now, things can get complicated from time to time. Like when a 400 meter long cargo ship gets stuck blocking all maritime traffic.
The Ever Given cargo ship, built in 2018 and sailing under the Panamanian flag, is to blame for this blockade. It is a gigantic ship, with a size of 399.94 x 59 meters and packed to the top with containers. It is so large that it actually spans the entire width of the Suez Canal.
Ever Given is indeed one of the largest container ships in the world up and running right now. It has a gross tonnage of 219,079 and its capacity is 20,388 containers. How exactly it got stuck is unknown at the moment.
In its Yantian road in China to Rotterdam in Holland the ship had planned to cross the Suez Canal. It was expected to reach its destination for next March 31, although that date will now be delayed. Reason? It’s stuck in the middle of the canal and there’s no way to get it out of there.
On both sides of the boat ships have accumulated trying to cross the Suez Canal. If we look the Vessel Finder map we can see in real time how the ship is stuck in a diagonal position while different smaller ships try to push it to straighten it again. Likewise, just before the entry into the Suez Canal (both in the Mediterranean and in the Red Sea) more and more ships are accumulating.
A picture posted on Instagram Tuesday and taken from another cargo ship, shows the situation. The photo was taken from the Maersk Denver, which is directly behind the Ever Given. On one side a “small” bulldozer can be seen trying to help unblock the large cargo ship. To a bad, we have machinery to turn it into scrap.
Connecting Asia with Europe
The Suez Canal has served for decades as a connecting point between Asia and Europe. The sea routes pass through there to save a lot on transport costs and on time. Has a length of 163 kilometers and it is built along three natural lakes. Its construction began in 1859 and it was in 1896 when it began to be operational.
His capacity allows ships up to 20 meters draft or 240,000 deadweight tonnes. The height above the maximum water level allowed is 68 meters. These limitations are imposed to allow ships to circulate smoothly through the canal, although it seems that they do not prevent a situation like Ever Given from occurring from time to time.