20,000-TEU Ever Given aground, blocks Suez Canal in 2 directions
THE 20,000-TEU Ever Given is stuck sideways towards the south end of the canal near Suez, preventing ships from passing in either direction, reports Los Angeles area gCaptain
25 March 2021 - 19:00
Several tugs have been on scene for several hours working to dislodge the ship, said the report.
Shipping agent GAC reports that the grounding occurred at 7:40am local time on Tuesday, March 23, at kilometre 151 after the vessel suffered a black out while transiting.
It seems the Ever Given had just begun its transit of the waterway as part of a northbound convoy when the incident occurred.
'The ship was fifth in the northbound convoy. None of the vessels before it were affected, but the 15 behind it were detained at anchorages waiting for the canal to be cleared. The southbound convoy was also blocked,' GAC reported.
At 400-metres long is among the largest of the mega ships, aka ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs), currently in operation. The Taiwan-owned but Panama-flagged Ever Given is underway to Rotterdam from Shenzhen-Yantian.
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