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Evergreen container ship blocks Suez Canal traffic

20,000-TEU Ever Given reportedly ‘stuck sideways’

(Photo: Martin Lueke/Shutterstock)

Tweets of a ship “stuck sideways” in the Suez Canal may prompt skepticism. And then one sees the images. Indeed, a container ship is stuck sideways in the Suez Canal blocking both northbound and southbound traffic. 

The Ever Given is blocking traffic in the Suez Canal. (Image: MarineTraffic)

The ultra large container ship Ever Given has a carrying capacity of 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and was en route from Yantian, China, to the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands when it reportedly ran aground Tuesday morning. Some 18 hours later, the Evergreen ship had not budged.   

According to various reports, every tug available in Egypt was working to get the 2018-built Ever Given free. Images widely circulated on Twitter and taken from a container ship behind the Ever Given show what looks like a tiny excavator compared to the massive cargo-laden vessel. 

From circulated images, it appears the Ever Given is stable and there have been no reports of damage to the container ship or its cargo. Taiwan-headquartered Evergreen Marine Corp. has not issued a statement. 

The Ever Given reportedly was fifth in a northbound convoy when it somehow got turned sideways and stuck. Fifteen ships were said to have been behind the Ever Given at the time and were prevented from proceeding. Because of the Ever Given’s position, southbound traffic also was blocked by the ultra large container ship. 

According to tweets, tankers and container ships were stacking up at both ends of the canal as well as in Great Bitter Lake in Egypt. 

According to the World Shipping Council, the average transit time through the 119-mile Suez Canal is 14 hours. Roughly 50 ships transit the canal each day.

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  1. Paul Weigel

    Isn’t there a weight limit on barge’s that carry those 20 foot storage containers.What happens if there is accident and the containers are lost at sea.What about the environment damages to the water and sea life.

  2. Akella Ravi Krishna

    Hello Team,

    You can use 2 GSLV to resolve this issue.

    From Front right side and Back left side.

    Akella Ravi Krishna,

    1. Mako

      It is owned by one of the EVERGREEN companies, from what I can tell from a thirty second Google search. Every other source either calls it “Evergreen cargo ship” or “cargo ship Ever Given,” so it seems like it’s got a name related to its company.

    2. Rob Wegner

      if you look at the photo closely, you’ll see that the name of the ship, from the evergreen corporation is Ever Given. it’s on the back of the boat.

        1. Diome

          There is also huge difference between “their” and “there”, but here you are trying to be pedantic – and failing miserably.

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Kim Link Wills

Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.