The world’s largest cargo ship was stuck in the middle of the Suez Canal, and all attempts to rescue were unsuccessful

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2021-03-24 08:31:48

A giant coitainer ship ran aground on the Suez Canal while carrying cargo to the port of Rotterdam (Netherlands) from China. The incident caused all cargo ships passing through the Suez Canal in both directions to a congestion, according to The Guardian.

With a tonnage of up to 220 thousand tons, the Ever Given vessel is considered one of the largest cargo ships today. It is owned by Evergreen Marine, a company based in Taiwan (China).

It is known that the Ever Given ship ran aground at the Suez Canal at about 7:40 a.m. on March 23, local time.

With a tonnage of up to 220 thousand tons, the Ever Given vessel is considered one of the largest cargo ships today.

According to information published by Evergreen Marine, the ship Ever Given encountered a gust of wind with a very strong wind speed, causing the hull to deviate, accidentally crashing into the bottom of the canal and ran aground. Egyptian authorities said that the phenomenon of strong winds and sandstorms hit the area on March 23, with winds of up to 50 km / h (31 miles / hour).

Images taken from above show, the ship Ever Given lies in the middle of the Suez Canal, completely blocking the navigational flow of this canal. Notably, tugboats and rescue vehicles sent by the Egyptian government to move this 400m long ship all failed.

The world's largest cargo ship was stuck in the middle of the Suez Canal, and all attempts to rescue were unsuccessful - Photo 2.

The current tugs all fail to move the ship

Measuring 190 km long, 24 meters deep and 205 meters wide, the Suez Canal is one of the most important waterways in the world when connecting the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and the freight route to Asia. The volume of cargo ships passing through this canal every day is very large. Therefore, any attempt can lead to the risk of a serious disruption of the canal operation.

In 2017, a Japanese ship was trapped in the Suez Canal but was moved away within a few hours. A more serious incident happened near the German port of Hamburg in 2016 when the CSCL Indian Ocena vessel ran aground and needed 12 tugboats to rescue it after 5 days.

Refer to The Guardian

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