Cargo ship “Ever Given” is stuck and blocking traffic in the Suez Canal
The massive container ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal and stopped traffic on one of the busiest waterways in the world is still stuck after little progress was made in relocating the ship on Wednesday.
The ship, called Ever Given, was jammed horizontally in the waterway after strong winds. Several tugs have been sent to the scene to aid in the reboating process, which can take days.
Around 6:30 p.m. ET Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, who is the ship’s technical manager, said the ship was still due to ongoing re-float efforts.
“Dredgers are working to remove sand and mud from around the ship to free them. Tugs are working in conjunction with Ever Given’s winches to move the ship,” the company said.
Bernhard Schulte added that there were no reports of injuries among the 25 crew members and that no cargo was damaged. Initial investigations have ruled out a mechanical or motor failure as a reason for the grounding.
The enormous carrier is over 1,300 feet long and approximately 193 feet wide. It weighs more than 200,000 tons. One end of the ship was wedged into one side of the canal, the other stretching almost to the other bank.
The 120 mile long artificial waterway is a central point of world trade and connects a steady flow of goods from east to west.
Everything from consumer goods to machine parts to oil flows through the waters.
According to the Suez Canal Authority, almost 19,000 ships passed the canal in 2020, an average of 51.5 per day. The ship was sailing from China to Rotterdam when it ran aground.
Satellite imagery showed a cluster of ships at either end of the waterway as the Ever Given stopped the flow of traffic.
The accident occurs because the global supply chain is already struggling to keep up with demand. Bottlenecks in the chip industry were greatest, forcing automakers to shut down.