/ 25 March 2021

A very bad day at the office…

Hump day didn’t treat you well? You’ve got nothing on the captain of the 220,000-tonne, 400 metre-long mega-ship named Ever Given that became stuck in the Suez Canal, causing a traffic jam in the vital shipping channel. Reports this morning say it could take some days to move, which is bad news for the 50+ ships a day that will either have to wait or add more than 2 weeks to their journey by going around Africa. For now, witnesses describe a scene where “a bunch of tugs” are trying to pull it and push it, and there is “a little excavator trying to dig out the bow.” In the meantime, Twitter’s having fun with it… The Egyptian canal is 190km long and links the Mediterranean with the Red Sea, and is an important link for freight, oil and a whole lot more.

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