Suez Canal ship stuck.

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    I thought they would get this cleared quickly but it looks like it is becoming a major event. It might even start the panic buying again. :rolleyes:

  • To think of the thousands of ships which have used the canal since it was built without incident. How could the master of this ship have got navigation and seamanship so wrong. Those ships are equipped with bow and stern thrusters and if there were gusts of wind, as the master claimed, the direction of the ship can be controlled.

    The alternative route round the south of Africa is time consuming and very expensive, pushing the cost of goods up for the consumer.

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    Some wag said "Think you're going to need a bigger digger"


    The alternative route round the south of Africa is time consuming and very expensive, pushing the cost of goods up for the consumer.

    Certainly short term and also temporary shortages of some imported goods. Toilet paper has been mentioned.

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    Got stocked up on toilet paper yesterday. :)

    I thought they would get this cleared quickly but it looks like it is becoming a major event. It might even start the panic buying again.

    I thought this would be a one day story too, good job there isn't a pandemic on or the EU causing trade problems...


    I don't think there will be panic buying, as that would only happen if food got blocked, but most of it doesn't come via that route anyway.


    Looks like things are getting "busy" in this part of the world again, as the Iranians fired a missile at an Israeli ship as about the same time this happened.


    To think of the thousands of ships which have used the canal since it was built without incident. How could the master of this ship have got navigation and seamanship so wrong. Those ships are equipped with bow and stern thrusters and if there were gusts of wind, as the master claimed, the direction of the ship can be controlled.

    No idea, but each ship through the route has to use a local "pilot" to navigate the waterway, so clearly a big mess up somewhere.

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    R4 "World at One" had Robin Knox-Johnston* on saying that if the ship is still stuck at each end when the tides get low it could easily split in half and close the canal for an extended period.


    *Round the world yachtsman

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    Good news but it's going to take some time for the backlog to be shifted.

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    And a lot to do first. A lot of the containers are going to be taken off the ship to lighten it, so it can be moved. Then it's got to move to "parking space", a wider part of the canal so that that the ship can be inspected and only then can other ships start using the canal again.

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    Moving it to the Great Bitter Lake gives room for the other vessels to pass it. The point was made on R4 World at One that the hold up here is just the start as the vessels then descend on their target ports an will have to wait their turn to off-load and then get the empty containers back to be re-filled.

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    Looks like the Egyptians aren't buying the wind story for the grounding.

  • I disagree that the crew of Ever Given should be held under house arrest. It is the Captains responsibility to ensure his ship's safety at all times. Only he/she should be arrested.

  • I disagree that the crew of Ever Given should be held under house arrest. It is the Captains responsibility to ensure his ship's safety at all times. Only he/she should be arrested.

    Correct the butt stops with who is in charge but that's for the company to deal with and rather than the captain be held under house arrest there should be large fines going out to the company that the captain is working for. No doubt he was under time constraints so accidents happen.


    This incident has sparked up another issue. The mistreatment and handling of livestock. Link for you :D I know it's an EU news thing but.......

    Some 200,000 animals trapped in Suez canal likely to die

    https://euobserver.com/world/151394


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  • Live animal shipments should be banned, it's cruel and nasty... Put them to the abattoir in the country they were reared, then ship the carcasses in refrigerated cargo vessels.

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    Live animal shipments should be banned, it's cruel and nasty..

    Agreed but most of these are to countries who's religions require animals to be killed directly before butchery and sale. Mostly middle east based.

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