A MASSIVE cargo ship overturned and blocked all traffic on the Egyptian Suez Canal.
Ever Given, one of the largest container ships in the world, was trapped just after 7:30 a.m. yesterday morning – as teams scrambled to dislodge the ship.
According to reports, the “big ship”, 400 meters long and 59 meters wide, ran aground in the shipping canal just after 7:40 a.m. on Tuesday.
The congestion caused a pile of at least 100 ships to attempt to enter the narrow shipping channel, separating the African continent from the Sinai peninsula in Northern Egypt.
It arrived when the ship was en route from Rotterdam to Mainland China.
According to the shipping company GAC, the ship Ever Given had a power failure while in transit in the north direction.
Julianne Cona, who posted a picture of the ship on Instagram, said the ship was “super stranded”.
She added: “They had a bunch of tugs trying to pull and push it before but it went nowhere.
“There’s a little excavator trying to dig out the bow.”
Evergreen Marine Corp, a shipping company based in Taiwan, said in a statement that the ship was overcome by strong winds as it entered the canal from the Red Sea – but none of its containers sunk.
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They said: “The company has asked the ship owner to report the cause of the accident and make plans with related units such as canal management to assist the ship to escape as soon as possible”.
Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal provides an important link for oil, natural gas and cargo transported from East to West.
About 19,000 ships passed through the canal last year, according to the Suez Canal Authority.