In Pursuit of Truth provides an in-depth break down of the bizarre March 2021 events in the Suez Canal.
On the morning of 23 March 2021, the Suez Canal was blocked after the grounding of Ever Given, a 20,000 TEU container ship.
The 400-metre-long (1,300 ft) vessel was buffeted by strong winds, and ended up wedging itself across the waterway, bow and stern stuck in the canal bank, which prevented other vessels from passing through that part of the Suez Canal. The vessel was finally freed six days later. Egyptian authorities said “there may have been technical or human errors” also involved. The obstruction was south of the section of the canal that has two channels, so there was no way for other ships to bypass Ever Given. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) engaged Boskalis through its subsidiary Smit International to manage marine salvage operations.
The canal is one of the world’s busiest trade routes, and the obstruction had a significant negative impact on trade between Europe and Asia and the Middle East. On 28 March, at least 369 ships were queuing to pass through the canal. This prevented an estimated $9.6 billion worth of trade. On 29 March, Ever Given was partially re-floated and moved by about 80% in the correct direction,although the bow remained stuck until the ship was finally freed by Egyptian, Dutch, and Italian tugs at 15:05 EGY(13:05 UTC) and started moving, under tow, towards the Great Bitter Lake, for technical inspection. The canal was checked for damage, and after being found to be sound, the SCA allowed shipping to resume from 19:00 EGY (17:00 UTC).
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