The Suez Canal Case

- Mar 29, 2021-

    Have a good day, this is DK and welcome back to my channel, nice to see you again. Recently, did you hear about the Suez Canal case?


    A Panamanian-flagged heavy cargo ship ran aground in the Suez Canal on March 23rd, causing traffic to jam the waterway and remains grounded. The ship, one of the world's largest container ships with a transport capacity of 224,000 tons, ran aground on Wednesday as it entered the new Suez Canal. The SCA said Ever Given has been straightened in the canal and further tugging operations would resume once the tide rises later on Monday.


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    The Suez Canal is one of the busiest oil and grain transportation arteries in the world. It is also an important two-way transportation channel between Asia and Europe. About 30% of the world's shipping containers pass through the Suez Canal, accounting for about 12% of the world's total trade in goods. Maritime experts say the cost to global trade will be huge - an estimated $400 million per hour lost to shipping through the Suez Canal.


    At least 20 of the boats delayed due to a stricken container ship in the Suez canal are carrying livestock, according to marine tracking data, raising concerns about the welfare of the animals if the logjam becomes protracted.  Five of the ships identified had loaded animals in Spain, and nine had loaded in Romania earlier this month, according to the NGO Animals International.


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    Getting stuck on board means there is a risk for the animals of starvation, dehydration, injuries, waste buildup so they can t lie down, and nor can the crew get rid of dead animal bodies in the Suez canal. It s basically a ticking biohazard timebomb for animals and the crew and any person involved,  Gerit Weidinger, EU coordinator for Animals International said.


    Now the freighter has been straightened out, and the time to get out of trouble is uncertain. Hope to early recovery, this is DEKE and see you next time!