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Massive Container Ship Causing Traffic Jam in Suez Canal Has Twitter 'Channeling' Jokes

The vessel is 400m long and 59 metres wide and has made it impossible for any other ship to pass through. (Credit: @nameshiv/Twitter)

The vessel is 400m long and 59 metres wide and has made it impossible for any other ship to pass through. (Credit: @nameshiv/Twitter)

The 200,000-tonne vessel, named 'Ever Given' and operated by Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine ended up lodging sideways sometime in Tuesday after being hit by strong winds.

A massive container ship that was headed towards the Mediterranean has caused an actual traffic jam on one of the busiest sea trade links, the Suez Canal after it ran aground sideways. The 200,000-tonne vessel, named ‘Ever Given’ and operated by Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine ended up lodging sideways sometime in Tuesday after being hit by strong winds. The incident has ended up blocking several ships on either side on one of the most important sea routes. The Suez Canal connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and is also the shortest sea route between Asia and Europe. Digging boats have been set to work to help the stuck vessel back on its route.

The vessel is 400m long and 59 metres wide and has made it impossible for any other ship to pass through. Egypt has reportedly reopened the canal’s older channel to allow the other vessels to pass through as the refloating the Ever Given might take some time, thus delaying vessel movement.

The internet, as soon as it caught wind of the giant vessel stuck on the Canal, had a lot to say.

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And Twitter being twitter, there were some jokes to tag along with it.

The ship’s company Evergreen Marine reprortedly said that the ship “suspected of being hit by a sudden strong wind, causing the hull to deviate… and accidentally hit the bottom and run aground”. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has said that it is working to get the ship refloat.

first published:March 24, 2021, 16:44 IST