Suez Canal

Suez Canal

Egypt- This Canal was built between 1859 – 1869 linking the Mediterianiean Sea and the Red Sea. It was unfortunately blocked off by a ship on July 26, 1956, The 1,400-foot long cargo ship jammed diagonally across a southern section of the Suez Canal, leaving a total of 367 ships, including dozens of container ships and bulk carriers. This week in March of 2021, the canal was flowing again. De Suez is one of the world’s biggest canals, meaning that this ship was really huge. About 12% of global trade passes through the De Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterarian Sea to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe.

 After many days of salvage and struggle, crews freed the giant container ship. Aboard a tugboat, part of an armada that helped free the stuck ship. Even with the ship free, it will take time to clear the backlog of ships. The forces of nature, from the moon to the wind, played a key role in the crisis. The team was working six days and nights to try and free this. The ship was officially free on March 28, 2021, at 3 p.m. The owner of the cargo ship is Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd.  Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. was very apologetic when it came to the boat blocking off the major tradeway.