You’ve seen the memes, right? One may think they’ve seen it all, but I’m sure you’ve never seen a container ship the size of Ever Given trapped in the most inconvenient way imaginable inside a narrow canal. After a sandstorm with limited visibility, the ship ran aground. The ship’s crew’s ability to navigate the canal was harmed as a result. As a result, they got trapped in the most unlikely way possible — the world functions in obscure ways.
Today, March 29, early in the morning, some good news arrived. Authorities declared that the Ever Given had been released from the Suez Canal’s banks, at least in part. This raises expectations that the canal will be unblocked at long last, as the canal is vital to Egypt. For Egypt, the Suez Canal is a critical link in foreign trade. It connects the Mediterranean and the Red Seas, allowing for travel between the two.
The ship, which weighed about 224,000 tons and sailed under the Panamanian flag. It was on its way to the Dutch port of Rotterdam, which was 192 kilometers away. It is about 396 meters deep, and considering the canal’s narrowness, it could be nearly impossible for it to exit on its own. Teams have been working around the clock to empty the canal. Vacuuming sand from under the ship and tugging it with tugboats are among the efforts.
According to a tweet, the nearby crowds erupted in cheers as the ship was partly freed. This should come as no surprise, considering the canal’s significance. Any day that the barrier remains in place, it is estimated that about $10 billion in foreign trade is missed. The Tweet is embedded below.
BREAKING : EVER GIVEN ship has been UNSTUCK & Moving into #Suez Canal after 6 Days!!— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) March 29, 2021
Egyptian crew managed to float it moments ago. It’s 5:42 am there: pic.twitter.com/GoMlYjQerL
It’s difficult to tell how long it would take to free the ship entirely, but the teams are working diligently. They deserve credit for working at all hours of the day and night, including through this pandemic. Tug boats are frantically trying to free the ship, but no one knows how long this will take.
However, the memes are amusing.