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Ever Given Blocks Suez Canal
24 March 2021

The container ship Even Given from Evergreen ran aground after an unexpected strong gust of wind knocked it off course on the Suez Canal, an important waterway between east and west. The 400-metre container ship blocked one of the world’s busiest trade routes, causing a traffic jam of other waiting ships.

The Panama registered container ship was heading north from China to the port of Rotterdam, where it was scheduled to dock on Wednesday 31 March. Depending on how quickly the ship can be pulled free, it becomes clear how much delay the incident will cause. It could even take two days, which would have a major impact on world trade.

For safety reasons, tugboats must wait to disembark at high tide. It may also be necessary to remove cargo from the ship to get it moving again and to dredge to get it afloat again.

An average of 50 ships pass through the Suez Canal every day. Around 10 per cent of all international maritime trade passes through it. Every day that it is blocked longer, goods from and to Europe cannot be transported by sea. The MSC Roma, HMM Gdansk, Taurus and Santa Gruz are currently en route to the Mediterranean Sea, waiting in front of the channel until the incident is resolved. Eastbound en route to the Red Sea, the container ships Maersk Saigon, Ever Excel, ONE Crane, Ever Globe, Cosco Shipping Leo and Cosco Shipping Peony are causing a traffic jam. Follow the real-time information about the current location and movements of the container ships on MarineTraffic.

We ask you to take into account the possible delay that the congestion causes to your cargo. For more information, please contact Jordex contact person.