A MASSIVE cargo ship has turned sideways and blocked all traffic in Egypt’s Suez Canal.
The Ever Given, one of the largest’s container ships in the world, became stuck just after 7.30am yesterday morning – as teams scrambled to dislodge the vessel.
The Ever Given cargo ship turned sideways in the Suez Canal yesterday morning, blocking all traffic at the busy waterwayCredit: Julianne Cona
An aerial photograph shows how the cargo ship is completely stuck in the canal after turning sidewaysCredit: AP
Teams scrambled to dislodge the ship yesterday morningCredit: AFP
The “mega ship”, which is 400-metre long and 59 metre-wide, ran aground in the shipping channel just after 7.40am on Tuesday, according to reports.
The blockage caused a pileup of at least 100 ships attempting to enter the narrow shipping channel, which divides continental Africa from the Sinai Peninsula in Northern Egypt.
It came as the ship was on its way from Rotterdam to Mainland China.
According to shipping company GAC, the Ever Given suffered a blackout while transiting in a northerly direction.
Pictures show a huge queue of ships at the busy channelCredit: AFP
A graphic from shipping website Vessel Finder shows how the ship completely blocked the canal, leaving smaller cargo strandedCredit: vesselfinder.com
Julianne Cona, who uploaded a picture of the ship to Instagram, said the ship is “super stuck”.
She added: “They had a bunch of tugs trying to pull and push it earlier but it was going nowhere.
“There is a little excavator trying to dig out the bow.”
Evergreen Marine Corp, a Taiwan-based shipping company, said in a statement that the ship had been overcome by strong winds as it entered the canal from the Red Sea – but none of its containers had sunk.
They said: “The company has urged the shipowner to report the cause of the accident and to work out a plan with related units such as the canal administration to assist the ship in getting out of trouble as soon as possible.”
Opened in 1869, the Suez Canal provides a vital link for oil, natural gas and cargo being shipped from East to West.
Some 19,000 ships passed through the canal last year, according to the Suez Canal Authority.
Evergreen Marine Corp, a Taiwan-based shipping company, said in a statement that the ship had been overcome by strong winds as it entered the canal from the Red SeaCredit: AFP