On March 23, a huge container ship owned by EVA Shipping (Ever Given) ran aground in the Suez Canal, and the channel has been closed in both directions since the incident.
In order to restore the canal to normal operation as soon as possible, excavators have been used on the site to widen the river.
As you can see in the picture, the ship is stuck sideways in the Suez Canal, causing severe traffic congestion.
The Suez Canal, opened to navigation in 1869, is a sea-level waterway that runs through the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, and providing the closest shipping route from Europe to the surrounding lands of the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific.
The Suez Canal is one of the shortest sea routes from Europe to Asia, taking just 11-16 hours to cross;
It is one of the most frequently used air routes in the world. It is also the border line between Asia and Africa, and the main channel for people from Asia to Africa and Europe.
The Suez Canal, which handles dozens of large freighters a day and about 25,000 ships a year, accounts for 14% of the world's seaborne trade and is an important source of foreign exchange earnings for Egypt.
The ruling that ships must pay tolls to pass through the Suez Canal and the prospect of large compensation claims for the Evergreen ship running aground will also affect global logistics trade.
Dozens of ships are queuing anxiously to get through the Suez Canal.
The container ship Ever Given, which ran aground accident, started from the port of China and was bound for Rotterdam Port of the Netherlands. According to the information of ShipInformation Network, the ship involved had been carrying Chinese goods and had called at Yantian, Ningbo, Qingdao, Yangshan, Taipei and other ports.
The shipping companies sharing space may include: APL, CMA CGM, COSCO Shippin and OOCL. The accident is expected to have a great impact on domestic shippers and forwarders.