One of the world’s largest cargo ships ran aground in the Suez Canal on Tuesday morning, blocking traffic through this key Egyptian shipping lane.
The MV Ever Given is considered one of the world’s largest container ships and was carrying goods between Asia and Europe.
According to Evergreen Marine Corp, the Taiwanese shipping company that manages this Panamanian-flagged vessel, the ship had been hit by strong winds at its entrance to the canal, which had caused it to run aground, although none of its containers had fallen into the water.
According to initial reports, there were no injuries to the crew, nor any pollution in the canal, although the bow of the ship is in contact with the western wall of the canal. The Egyptian authorities have sent several trawlers to try to push the ship in the right direction and reopen the traffic.
For the time being, shipping traffic in this vital global artery is at a standstill until this giant vessel can resume its journey. The Ever Given has been stranded about 6 kilometers north of the canal’s southern approach, near the city of Suez, a single-track area of the canal.
The ship was traveling with a final destination of Rotterdam, Netherlands, before getting stuck. According to Bloomberg, more than 100 ships are reportedly already waiting for the incident to be resolved.
It is estimated that 10% of world trade flows through the Suez Canal.