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An ultra-large containership is aground and blocking ship traffic in the Suez Canal.
AIS data shows the MV Ever Given is stuck sideways towards the south end of the canal near Suez, Egypt, preventing ships from passing in either direction. Several tugs have been on scene for several hours working to dislodge the ship.
Shipping agent GAC reports that the grounding occurred at 7:40 a.m. local time on Tuesday (March 23) at kilometer 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 199,489 GT 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.
An AIS screengrab from MarineTraffic.com shows the Ever Given’s position within the Suez Canal.
At 400-meters-long and a little over 20,000 TEU capacity, the Panama-registered MV Ever Given is among the largest of so-called “mega ships”, aka ultra-large container vessels (ULCVs), currently in operation.
The MV Ever Given is underway to Rotterdam from China.
The picture below was posted to social media by a person on the ship stuck behind the Ever Given:

Today’s grounding recalls other groundings involving UCLVs in recent years. In February 2016, the 399-meter CSCL Indian Ocean, a 19,100 TEU containership, was stuck for five days after running aground on the Elbe River near the port of Hamburg. It took as many 12 tugs to refloat the ship. In another incident in the Suez Canal, the 21,000 TEU OOCL Japan grounded in 2017 following a mechanical failure, but was refloated within a few hours and its impact was minimal.
Ultimately, how long the Ever Given remains stuck now depends on how hard aground she is and how favorable the tides are, or aren’t (tides on the south end can be range up to 1.9 meters). Whichever way it goes, we should know pretty soon considering the enormous importance of the waterway for global trade.
File photo of the 2018-built MV Ever Given. Photo
 

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I've always wondered what rank you have to be to get a cabin with a view of something other than a big box.
On my first ship I had a foward facing state room much to the disgust of the 4th Engineer who looked at the propellor of the starboard lifeboat if my memory serves me right !
 

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Ever Given should have the accommodation draped in chintz and have Old Country Rose pattern tea service to please some (one) on this forum. The Pilot ran the ship into the Stbd Bank when he was told he couldn't have a tea cosy on his teapot. Seagoing has gone to the dogs.
 

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I've always wondered what rank you have to be to get a cabin with a view of something other than a big box.
Give me the days of cabin facilities.
Some or many with/without
Bunks on top of three or four drawers
No sinks, no showers, no toilets, no air conditioning.
Hand washing , dobhi hanging to dry somewhere, looking for wretched iron.
Sometimes sharing.

But we may have got a view of the ocean.

Would you say I sound a bit cynical ?

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Arrrrrghh Lad, the days when men was men, And the women where gratefull for it!. (after a 2 year trip).

Got grandads tin hat, for the incomming!. Bloody UGLY vessel though.

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Going off at a tangent, what would be the cost of a canal transit for such a ship?
I wonder how much this whole incident is going to set someone back.
Several arms and legs I should think.
 

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Going off at a tangent, what would be the cost of a canal transit for such a ship?
I wonder how much this whole incident is going to set someone back.
Several arms and legs I should think.
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Average cost of a vessel transit this size is $700,000. During the pandemic when demand in Europe fell and bunker costs reduced, many of these ships routed around the Cape.
 

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I assume it`s a case of "Time IS money". From (fading) memory, I think after we escaped not being caught in the Canal (6 day war). It added about 2 weeks, plus fuel, wages (not great) to the transit around the Cape back to blighty?. And for the ensuing years too. So an extra Month, give or take, at sea in all. Perishing Gulf runs (Frank C Strick).
 

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I assume it`s a case of "Time IS money". From (fading) memory, I think after we escaped not being caught in the Canal (6 day war). It added about 2 weeks, plus fuel, wages (not great) to the transit around the Cape back to blighty?. And for the ensuing years too. So an extra Month, give or take, at sea in all. Perishing Gulf runs (Frank C Strick).
Snap ! I was the the City of Hereford and we were only a couple of hours from Suez when the war started . We stopped and turned slowly south before being instructed to return via Momboozer and the Cape some hours later.
 

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Going off at a tangent, what would be the cost of a canal transit for such a ship?
I wonder how much this whole incident is going to set someone back.
Several arms and legs I should think.

EVERGREEN? Probably won't bat an eye. We see worse with 'weather delays'
 

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When you think of all the FREE advertising the company has received, with Evergreen splashed all over the World's TV screens, they might even make a few Dollars out of this......

Frank
 
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