Early reports speculated the vessel suffered a loss of power, but the ship's operator, Evergreen Marine Corp, told Agence-France Press: "the container accidently ran aground after a suspected gust of wind hit it".The Guardian and NYPost, attempts by small Egyptian vessels to free it have been so far been unsuccessful along with efforts to refloat it. The ship, built in 2018 is one of a new category of ships called Ultra Large Container Ships (ULCS) some of which are too big for the Panama Canal. On the right bank a tiny (by comparison) digger can be seen working to free it.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
On Contained Goods, Gusts of Winds and the Ever Given Nature of Things,
The backlog can be viewed here on Vesselfinder.
Twice in one week, the wind, which blows where it pleases, has felled the mighty, or at least caused unusual spectacles that are hard to ignore, both with international consequences.
Note: There's now a Is the Ship Still Stuck? website