Suez Canal blocked after a vessel runs aground, affects maritime trade to a great extent

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New Delhi: Ever Given, a vessel of Taiwan-owned MV has blocked the Suez Canal in Egypt causing a pile of more than 100 vessels waiting to go through. Suez Canal is an artificially built sea-level waterway and around 50 vessels go through it on an average.

The giant container ship ran aground after it went off course due to a gust of wind, the vessel’s operator said Wednesday, this has halted the marine traffic on one of the world’s busiest trade routes.

The 400-metre- (1,300-foot-)long and 59-metre wide vessel, blocking the traffic as it is lodged sideways. Excavation trucks also struggled to dig it out.

The container accidentally ran aground after a suspected gust of wind hit it,” ship operator Evergreen Marine Corp said in a statement to AFP.

“The company has urged the shipowner to report the cause of the incident and has been in discussions with relevant parties including the canal management authority to assist the ship as soon as possible.”, said spokesperson of Evergreen.

Talking to AFP, Alok Roy, fleet director of BSM Hong Kong said, “There was a grounding incident”. BSM is the ship manager of Ever Given. ship manager.

Instagram user Julianne Cona posted a photo of the grounded ship from the Maersk Denver, now also stuck behind the Ever Given.

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