A traffic jam from hell is currently blocking Egypt’s Suez Canal, with dozens of vessels having to stay put while waiting for rescue teams to free the main culprit: a 400-meter long, 200,000-tonne container ship that got knocked off course by strong winds on Tuesday (yes, it’s been stuck for a few days now!).
There are between 165 and 185 vessels waiting to transit, and it’s estimated that the two-way blockage is halting about $9.6b worth of ship traffic per day! Egypt decided to reopen the canal’s older channel so that at least some of the traffic can be diverted. Depending on the tides, it can take several days or even weeks to dislodge the stranded ship — fingers crossed that Mother Nature is in good spirits.