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  • A container ship is stuck in the Suez Canal. It blocks the important transport route from the Middle East.
  • The MV Ever Given, a ship sailing under the Panamanian flag, overturned on its side due to strong winds and ran aground.
  • The ship ran aground about 6 kilometers north of the south mouth of the canal near the city of Suez. The canal is single-lane in this area.

According to satellite data from MarineTraffic.com, the bow of Evergreen’s MV Ever Given touched the east wall of the canal while the stern got stuck on the west wall.

Several tugs try to push the ship in the right direction. The rescue operation can also be carried out on the Internet using the Vesselfinder ship tracker , Link opens in a new windowbe followed. Egyptian meteorologists reported strong sandstorms with gusts of wind of up to 50 kilometers per hour at the time of the accident. According to the operator, the crew members are safe.

Goods transport from Asia to Europe disrupted

According to Egyptian officials, this rescue operation could take several days. This could have a major impact on global shipping between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

“An average of 50 ships pass through the canal every day,” said Salvatore R. Mercogliano, a former salesman for the AP news agency. «Every day the canal is closed […] container ships and tankers do not deliver food, fuel and industrial goods to Europe and no goods are exported from Europe to the Far East. ”

SRF 4 News, 24.3.21, 07:00;



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