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Suez Canal suspends traffic as ship stuck like 'beached whale'

A view of the 400-meter, 224,000-tonne Ever Given container ship, almost as long as the Empire State Building is high, blocking transit in both directions through one of the world’s busiest shipping channels for oil and grain and other trade linking Asia and Europe.   CNES/AIRBUS DS

A view of the 400-meter, 224,000-tonne Ever Given container ship, almost as long as the Empire State Building is high, blocking transit in both directions through one of the world’s busiest shipping channels for oil and grain and other trade linking...more

A view of the 400-meter, 224,000-tonne Ever Given container ship, almost as long as the Empire State Building is high, blocking transit in both directions through one of the world’s busiest shipping channels for oil and grain and other trade linking Asia and Europe. CNES/AIRBUS DS
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Stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground, March 26. 
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Stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground, March 26. SCA/via REUTERS

Stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground, March 26. SCA/via REUTERS
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Shipping rates for oil product tankers have nearly doubled after the Ever Given ran aground on Tuesday. Efforts to free the vessel may take weeks and be complicated by unstable weather conditions, threatening costly delays for companies already navigating COVID-19 restrictions. 
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Shipping rates for oil product tankers have nearly doubled after the Ever Given ran aground on Tuesday. Efforts to free the vessel may take weeks and be complicated by unstable weather conditions, threatening costly delays for companies already...more

Shipping rates for oil product tankers have nearly doubled after the Ever Given ran aground on Tuesday. Efforts to free the vessel may take weeks and be complicated by unstable weather conditions, threatening costly delays for companies already navigating COVID-19 restrictions. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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An excavator attempts to free stranded container ship Ever Given in Suez Canal, Egypt March 25.   SCA/via REUTERS

An excavator attempts to free stranded container ship Ever Given in Suez Canal, Egypt March 25. SCA/via REUTERS

An excavator attempts to free stranded container ship Ever Given in Suez Canal, Egypt March 25. SCA/via REUTERS
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The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground, March 26.   REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground, March 26. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground, March 26. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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A satellite view of the stranded Ever Green, March 25.    BlackSky/via REUTERS

A satellite view of the stranded Ever Green, March 25. BlackSky/via REUTERS

A satellite view of the stranded Ever Green, March 25. BlackSky/via REUTERS
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Workers next to the container ship which was hit by strong wind and ran aground in the Suez Canal. SCA/via REUTERS

Workers next to the container ship which was hit by strong wind and ran aground in the Suez Canal. SCA/via REUTERS

Workers next to the container ship which was hit by strong wind and ran aground in the Suez Canal. SCA/via REUTERS
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A view of the Ever Given container ship blocking transit in both directions.   European Space Agency Copernicus Sentinel-2 Satellite Image /via Maxar Technologies

A view of the Ever Given container ship blocking transit in both directions. European Space Agency Copernicus Sentinel-2 Satellite Image /via Maxar Technologies

A view of the Ever Given container ship blocking transit in both directions. European Space Agency Copernicus Sentinel-2 Satellite Image /via Maxar Technologies
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The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground in Suez Canal. REUTERS/Ahmed Fahmy

The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground in Suez Canal. REUTERS/Ahmed Fahmy

The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground in Suez Canal. REUTERS/Ahmed Fahmy
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A dredger attempts to free the Ever Given, March 26. SCA/via REUTERS

A dredger attempts to free the Ever Given, March 26. SCA/via REUTERS

A dredger attempts to free the Ever Given, March 26. SCA/via REUTERS
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The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said tugs were working to move the vessel, which got stuck diagonally across the single-lane southern stretch of the canal on Tuesday morning amid high winds and a dust storm.  SCA/via REUTERS

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said tugs were working to move the vessel, which got stuck diagonally across the single-lane southern stretch of the canal on Tuesday morning amid high winds and a dust storm. SCA/via REUTERS

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said tugs were working to move the vessel, which got stuck diagonally across the single-lane southern stretch of the canal on Tuesday morning amid high winds and a dust storm. SCA/via REUTERS
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Around 12% of world trade, by volume, passes through the canal which connects Europe and Asia. It also a major source of hard currency for Egypt. 
  SCA/via REUTERS

Around 12% of world trade, by volume, passes through the canal which connects Europe and Asia. It also a major source of hard currency for Egypt. SCA/via REUTERS

Around 12% of world trade, by volume, passes through the canal which connects Europe and Asia. It also a major source of hard currency for Egypt. SCA/via REUTERS
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Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, monitors the situation near the stranded container ship Ever Given, after it ran aground.  SCA/via REUTERS

Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, monitors the situation near the stranded container ship Ever Given, after it ran aground. SCA/via REUTERS

Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, monitors the situation near the stranded container ship Ever Given, after it ran aground. SCA/via REUTERS
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Ship-tracking data reveals a huge traffic jam of ships building on either side of the Ever Given. Roughly 30% of the world's shipping container volume transits through the 193 km (120 miles) Suez Canal daily, and about 12% of total global trade of all goods.  

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Ship-tracking data reveals a huge traffic jam of ships building on either side of the Ever Given. Roughly 30% of the world's shipping container volume transits through the 193 km (120 miles) Suez Canal daily, and about 12% of total global trade of...more

Ship-tracking data reveals a huge traffic jam of ships building on either side of the Ever Given. Roughly 30% of the world's shipping container volume transits through the 193 km (120 miles) Suez Canal daily, and about 12% of total global trade of all goods. Reuters TV via REUTERS
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Shipping experts say that if the blockage is unlikely to be cleared in the coming days, some shipping firms may re-route vessels around the southern tip of Africa, which would add roughly a week to the journey.   SCA/via REUTERS

Shipping experts say that if the blockage is unlikely to be cleared in the coming days, some shipping firms may re-route vessels around the southern tip of Africa, which would add roughly a week to the journey. SCA/via REUTERS

Shipping experts say that if the blockage is unlikely to be cleared in the coming days, some shipping firms may re-route vessels around the southern tip of Africa, which would add roughly a week to the journey. SCA/via REUTERS
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A satellite image of the Ever Given container ship blocking the Suez Canal.   European Space Agency Copernicus Sentinel-2 Satellite Image /via Maxar Technologies

A satellite image of the Ever Given container ship blocking the Suez Canal. European Space Agency Copernicus Sentinel-2 Satellite Image /via Maxar Technologies

A satellite image of the Ever Given container ship blocking the Suez Canal. European Space Agency Copernicus Sentinel-2 Satellite Image /via Maxar Technologies
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The stranded container ship Ever Given after it ran aground, in Suez Canal.  SCA/via REUTERS

The stranded container ship Ever Given after it ran aground, in Suez Canal. SCA/via REUTERS

The stranded container ship Ever Given after it ran aground, in Suez Canal. SCA/via REUTERS
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The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground in Suez Canal. REUTERS/Ahmed Fahmy

The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground in Suez Canal. REUTERS/Ahmed Fahmy

The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground in Suez Canal. REUTERS/Ahmed Fahmy
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A satellite image shows the Ever Given stranded in the Suez Canal. Planet Labs Inc/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows the Ever Given stranded in the Suez Canal. Planet Labs Inc/via REUTERS

A satellite image shows the Ever Given stranded in the Suez Canal. Planet Labs Inc/via REUTERS
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The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground in Suez Canal, Egypt.   SCA/via REUTERS

The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground in Suez Canal, Egypt. SCA/via REUTERS

The stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, after it ran aground in Suez Canal, Egypt. SCA/via REUTERS
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The Ever Given is seen after it ran aground, March 26.  REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The Ever Given is seen after it ran aground, March 26. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The Ever Given is seen after it ran aground, March 26. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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