Giant Container Ship plugs the Suez Canal

EVER GIVEN operated by EVERGREEN Marine

One of the most important shipping routes in the world, the Suez Canal, has been blocked by a massive container ship for a day.

Ever Given, a nearly 200-foot-wide, 1,300-foot-long cargo ship sailing under a Panamanian flag, has caused a transcontinental logjam in the Egyptian waters, which directly connect Europe to Asia.

The ship is en route to Rotterdam, Netherlands, from the Yantian district of China, according to Vessel Finder.

The ship had traveled through Taipei and Malaysia and had planned on arriving in the Netherlands on March 31 before winding up perpendicular and blocking hundreds of cargo ships from both sides.

Hundreds of ships, carrying Billion$ worth of timely cargo, are blocked going in both directions. Enjoy the weather, folks. Gonna be a spell before the last vessels in either line get through and back on course.

18 thoughts on “Giant Container Ship plugs the Suez Canal

  1. Down2see says:

    “The container ship, the Ever Given, is 400 metres long (1,312 feet), 59 metres wide (193 feet), and can carry up to 20,000 20-foot equivalent (TEU) shipping containers.
    Nearly 19,000 ships, or an average of 51.5 ships per day, with a net tonnage of 1.17 billion tonnes passed through the canal during 2020, to according to the Suez Canal Authority (SCA).
    About 12% of the world trade volume passes through the man-made canal, which is a major source of hard currency in Egypt.
    Asia-Europe container trade flows are picking up again after the Lunar New Year so an extended blockage would have severe consequences as the alternative route via the Cape route will be a week slower, said Tan Hua Joo, a consultant with Liner Research.
    Any delays will exacerbate the shortage of container ships and boxes, as 30% of global container ship capacity passes through the Suez, according to data from Liner Research Services.”

    • p/s says:

      The Empire State Building in NYC has a roof height of 1,250 feet (380 m) and stands a total of 1,454 feet (443.2 m) tall, including its antenna.
      Ships like the “Ever Given” only have a huge diesel engine as propulsion, which is designed for smooth forward travel. For short maneuvers in tight spaces, these giant freighters are completely dependent on tugs.
      The “Ever Given” can carry around 200,000 tons of cargo, plus a few tens of thousands of tons of dead weight. The specified draft and the visible height of the containers on deck indicate that the ship is stuck in the Suez Canal with almost maximum load.

  2. Mike says:

    Suez Canal authorities need to remove up to 706,000 cubic feet of sand to free the Ever Given : The vessel’s owners hope to re-float the ship by Saturday night local time
    Capt. Nicolas Sloane, a maritime salvage expert who led the high-profile effort to salvage the cruise ship Costa Concordia in 2012, said extracting the Ever Given is “quite a challenge” and could take five days to a week.
    Tthe clock is also ticking structurally for the vessel, he added.
    “The longer it takes, the worse the condition of the ship will become, because she’s slowly sagging,” said Sloane, vice president of the International Salvage Union. “So ships are designed to flex, but not to be kept at that position with a full load of cargo for weeks at a time. So it’s not an easy situation.”
    Re: Hogging and sagging see

  3. Loingseoireacht says:

    Piracy fears mount as ships take long way around Africa to avoid blocked Suez Canal
    “We’re now beginning to see even vessels that had entered the Mediterranean hang a U-turn,” Lars Jensen, the CEO of Denmark-based SeaIntelligence Consulting, told The Washington Post. “That’s an indication that they don’t believe this is going to be solved in the short term.”
    With more than 150 other ships stuck in the bottleneck, moving the Ever Given will only create a new set of headaches. Many of those vessels will arrive in European ports at the exact same time, and find they have nowhere to dock and unload their cargo.
    “Once you open the canal, it’s like ketchup out of a ketchup bottle,” Jensen said.

  4. Update says:

    “How a Desert Wind Blew $10 Billion of Global Trade Off Course : The giant Ever Given container ship remains wedged in the Suez Canal. We spoke to captains and analyzed marine tracking data to look at what might have gone wrong. (Bloomberg)
    See also “Suez Shows Civilization Is More Vulnerable Than We Think : Choke points imperil global supply chains, and the remedies aren’t simple or cheap.”

  5. Cascade EFX says:

    “A global shortage of microchips is halting production at five Stellantis NV plants in North America, including in Warren and Windsor, just as more supply issues potentially loom for the auto industry as a massive ship bloc theks Suez Canal in Egypt.
    Starting Monday, the Stellantis plants will stop producing Jeep Cherokee and Compass SUVs, Ram 1500 Classic pickups and other Chrysler and Dodge vehicles through early to mid-April, according to the transatlantic automaker, which called the challenges “unprecedented.”
    Other locations impacted include Belvidere, Illinois; Brampton, Ontario; and Toluca, Mexico. Altogether, the five factories employ more than 18,500 hourly and salaried employees.”
    The Microchip Shortage Is About To Get Even Worse

  6. p/s says:

    “…The Ever Given, built in 2018, is 1312’ long by 194’ wide. Believe it or not, it’s actually not as big as what is on the design blocks for the future. These ships will be so large that we may need a new designation for them, Ultra Ultra Large Container Vessels (UULCV). When fully loaded with containers, the Ever Given weighs in at 240,000 Tons displacement. There can be nearly 50’ of ship below the water and still have an air draft of 150’ above the water.
    The challenge in safely handling this class of ship is the combination of weight and area – it’s off the scale – all the more reason kudos are deserved to those operating them. Professional skill, however, cannot overcome physics. There are physical limits to safely handling this class both at sea and in harbors and waterways. Wind, swell size and current are singular factors with this class. In the case of the Ever Given, her wind area is roughly 20,000 sq meters. The largest Clipper ships with full sail out had about 5,000 sq meters of sail out, Ever Given has four times that! An unusual fact with these house-forward container ships is that the more containers loaded (the deeper), the more wind area increases. This is in opposition to conventional logic.
    If the Ever Given encountered 30kts of wind on the beam, the resultant force applied would be 270 Tons directly against the ship. The average modern harbor tractor tug can produce 70-80 tons of force at full power. A 30kt beam wind against Ever Given would be equivalent to having 3 harbor tractor tugs pushing against the ship at full power, all while attempting to navigate a narrow channel. It is reported that the ship encountered up to 40kts of wind and poor visibility at the time of the grounding. Even 30 kts would have likely exceeded safety parameters.”
    Captain George H Livingstone

  7. Oscar Mike says:

    “Suez Canal traffic resumes after cargo ship Ever Given is moving again” (Mon, Mar 29 202110:03 AM EDT)
    “The Ever Given, the massive container ship that became wedged in the Suez Canal and cut off traffic in the vital waterway for almost a week, has been refloated, authorities said Monday.
    The ship is currently on its way to Great Bitter Lake, according to Leth Agencies, which is a transit agent at the Suez Canal. Once there, it will undergo a technical inspection.”

    Ever Given Salvage Successful – Statement from the Salvage Company

  8. ничего says:

    Russia and Iran are back to promoting the International North-South Transport Corridor as an alternative future option to the Suez Canal after a giant container ship went aground in the canal last month, disrupting global trade traffic for a week.
    The corridor is a 7,200 kilometer-long (4,475-mile) ship, rail and road transportation network that links the Indian Ocean to the Caspian Sea via the Persian Gulf into Russia and Northern Europe. Russia and Iran have talked of building a canal through Iran to the Caspian Sea. The corridor is still in its early stages despite having been proposed in 2002 by Russia, Iran and India.
    Yury Trutnev, one of Russia’s deputy prime ministers, told the media March 31 that the Russian northern sea route could be an important backup option for global trade in case shipping was blocked again in Egypt’s Suez Canal.

  9. Epilogue says:

    The ‘Ever Given’ Will Ruin More Than Just a Muddy Canal Within days of the March 23, 2021 grounding of the M/V Ever Given, which halted traffic in the Suez Canal for a week, headlines were already focusing on the ship’s officers and pilots.
    The Ever Given case will be talked about and reviewed for many years to come. (A superb “Minute-by-Minute Breakdown of the Ever Given’s Crash” appeared in Popular Mechanics, and includes commentary by United New York/New Jersey Sandy Hook Pilot Association President Captain John DeCruz and Metropolitan Pilot Association President Captain Robert Flannery.)
    And, undoubtedly, the colossal container ship that captured the world’s attention for six days will be “ever giving” to the maritime lawyers and marine experts who will handle this mega casualty far into the future, perhaps a decade or more.
    “Here’s the Minute-by-Minute Breakdown of the Ever Given’s Crash”

  10. 3Card Monte says:

    Top Secret Israeli Oil Pipeline To Bypass Suez Canal
    Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry said Sunday that it was delaying implementation of a proposed oil transport deal with the United Arab Emirates, freezing a project that has angered environmentalists.
    The agreement, which followed the UAE and Israel establishing diplomatic ties last year, would see Gulf oil brought to the Red Sea port of Eilat by tanker, then moved by pipeline through mainland Israel to the Mediterranean port of Ashkelon, from where it would be shipped to Europe.
    Israel-U.A.E. pipeline deal ‘invitation to disaster’ for globally important corals

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