Suez Canal blocked: Ever Given brings traffic to a standstill
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Suez Canal blocked: Ever Given brings traffic to a standstill

Traffic on the Suez Canal has come to a standstill. The 400 meters long, 20,000 TEU mega-container ship has run aground and is now blocking the entire ship traffic on both sides of the waterway. Several tugs have been deployed to get the mega-ship out of the way. The ship in question is the Panama-registered, MV Ever Given (IMO: 9811000).

The incident reportedly occurred on the morning of Tuesday, 23 March at around 7:40 am local time and at the 151 km mark, after the vessel suffered a power failure while crossing the canal, en route to Rotterdam, Netherlands from Yantian, China.

The below picture was posted to Instagram by a user from a ship stuck behind the Ever Given:

Instagram Suez Canal Blocked Post

Photo courtesy: Julianne Cona on Instagram

It is not yet clear how long it would take for the ship to be freed as a large amount of sand removal activity would be involved. All required measures are going on in full swing, considering the importance of the Suez canal for international trade.

Almost 10% of international cargo passes through the canal, connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and is the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe.

Below is a list of all the nearby vessels that face possible delays due to this incident.

Ship Name

IMO

Capacity TEU

Next port

Planned ETA

Seamax Greenwich

9286267

8200

Algeciras

27.03.2021

Tsingtao Express

9320702

8600

Jeddah

26.03.2021

Sagamore

9322009

1700



Maersk Denver

9332999

6200

Algeciras

27.03.2021

Nyk Orion

9312999

9000

Singapore

03.04.2021

Bf Esperanza

9252785

900

Port Said

24.03.2021

YM Wish

9684641

13900

Jeddah

26.03.2021

Maersk Durban

9299044

2500

Iskenderun

25.03.2021

Maersk Esmeraldas

9502972

13100

Salalah

27.03.2021

Safmarine Nakuru

9356103

2500

Izmir

26.03.2021

Ever Excel

9241322

6300

Jeddah

24.03.2021

YM Fountain

9278090

5600

Piraeus

26.03.2021

MSC Roma

9304447

9200

Muhammad Bin Qasim

29.03.2021

Seamax Norwalk

9290464

7500

King Abdullah Port

25.03.2021

Egy Crown

9216107

1100

Damietta

25.03.2021

New York Express

9501332

13000

Singapore

04.04.2021

Maersk Seletar

9315197

6500

Djibouti

27.03.2021

Gunde Maersk

9359014

7000

Salalah

27.03.2021

Maersk Saigon

9303534

8400

Tanjung Pelepas

03.04.2021

Indian Express

9405112

1100

Ain Sokhna

26.03.2021

Taurus

9728942

14000

Antwerp

28.03.2021

CMA CGM Lisa Marie

9729099

9400

Jeddah

28.03.2021

Maersk Hanoi

9784295

15200

King Abdullah Port

25.03.2021

Cosco Shipping Leo

9783502

19200

Tianjin (Xingang)

02.04.2021

One crane

9741401

14000

Jeddah

25.03.2021

Cosco Shipping Peony

9785744

13500

Jung Tau

06.04.2021

Salahuddin

9708796

14500

Busan

04.04.2021

Ever Given

9811000

20000

Rotterdam

31.03.2021

Ever Globe

9786841

20200

Colombo

29.03.2021

Details of all possibly affected nearby vessels

Suez Canal Ever Given Route Map

Screen shot from Ocean Insight’s Container Track & Trace

Map Detail Ever Given stuck

Suez Canal Blocked – Map Detail

Republished with permission from Ocean Insights.

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