The MS Ever Given, the internet’s favourite cargo ship, is still wedged diagonally across Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocking one of the world’s busiest and lucrative waterways, which accounts for about 12 percent of global trade.
The ship has been there since grounding during high winds on Tuesday, but it’s not completely clear how it got to that point, apart from the dick-shaped course it charted across the Red Sea immediately prior to getting stuck.
Efforts to refloat the ship and get world trade and everyone’s Amazon orders flowing again have been ongoing since then. One of the Dutch dredging companies working to free the 400 metre-long ship said it could take weeks, but the ship’s Japanese owner has reportedly said it hopes to refloat the Ever Given by Saturday night local time.
Throughout the incident, the Suez Canal Authority has been keeping people updated about the progress of the rescue operation, including photos of officials inspecting the site, and tug boats and at least one excavator in action.
For some reason, the Suez Canal Authority has also been posting sizzle reels of the floatation operation on Facebook and YouTube, accompanied by what can only be described as a rights free knock-off version of The Dark Knight soundtrack.
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Meanwhile, some ships in the Indian Ocean are already being re-routed the long way to Europe, via the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, which works out at a 3,500-mile detour.
Data from Lloyd’s List analysed by BBC News suggests that every day the MS Ever Given remains stuck and ships are unable to pass through the canal, about £7 billion worth of goods are being held up.
If shipping companies don’t fancy waiting, or going the long way round Africa, Russia’s state energy company has suggested using the Northern Sea Route along Russia’s Arctic Coast instead, pointing out that it offers “way more space to draw peculiar pictures using your giant ships”.