The Ever Given, a giant container ship the length of four football pitches is wedged across Egypt's Suez Canal, blocking traffic in one of the world's busiest trade routes.
But even before the 200,000 tonne Panamanian-registered cargo carrier managed to get stuck in one of the world’s busiest waterways, causing the mother of all trade tailbacks, it was causing some serious mayhem on the oceans.
Digital researcher was the first to notice that, on its way to appointment with shipping mishap history, the Ever Given GPS track outlined a classic piece o vulgar bus shelter graffiti.
The inadvertent “c*ck and b*lls” line on the map was “innocent, but terrible luck” says John.
Greg Johnson, from The Daily Star’s parent company Reach PLC, says that blocking the busy canal has been “a literal d*ck move”.
Something like 12% of global trade passes through the Suez Canal, which provides the fastest route from manufacturing powerhouse China to the major markets in Europe.
The 200,000 tonne ship, operated by Taiwanese transport company Evergreen Marine, is completely wedged in the canal and is preventing any other ships from getting through the canal.
Reuters reports that there are at least 30 ships blocked to the north of the Ever Given, and three to the south. Canal authorities have re-opened a disused section of the older canal to enable some ships to by-pass the obstruction.
Among the knock-on effects could be a rise in oil prices as tankers are unable to get from the Middle East to Europe.
Eight tugs have been deployed to pull the giant shop free but experts have warned that the problem could take several days to resolve.
Shipping expert Dr Sal Mercogliano told the BBC: "If they are unable to pull her free… in a high tide, they are going to have to start removing cargo."
Ever Given is over 1300 feet long, and some 200 feet wide. Bernhard Schulte Ship management, who run the ship on a daily basis, confirmed earlier today that that "all crew are safe and accounted for", with no reports of injuries.
The Suez Canal, first opened in 1869, is 120 miles long but only 650 feet wide and about 80 feet deep. Thousands of labourers died, during the ten years the canal took to excavate, most of them from cholera and other diseases.
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