How That Massive Container Ship Stuck in the Suez Canal Is Already Costing the World Billions of Dollars
$3 billion a day — and that's not factoring in the environmental tollAs backhoes and tug boats worked around the Panama-flagged Ever Giving’s 400-meter-long hull on Thursday evening, experts began to tot up the economic and environmental ramifications of a protracted obstruction. Meanwhile, vessel tracking data showed that some container ships had already started redirecting around the African Cape, a route that can add two weeks of journey length.
Egypt's first female sea captain says she was skewered on social media for causing the grounding that blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week even though she was working on a ship hundreds of miles away. © AP In this photo released by Suez Canal Authority, the Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship is accompanied by Suez Canal tugboats as it moves in the Suez Canal, Egypt, Monday, March 29, 2021. Salvage teams on Monday set free a colossal container ship that has halted global trade through the Suez Canal, bringing an end to a crisis that for nearly a week had clogged one of the world’s most vital maritime arteries.
The controversy comes as the canal authority announced that the backup of ships was finally cleared Saturday, 11 days after the Ever Given became wedged across a narrow section of the canal and six days after the ship was freed.
Tugs and dredgers try to free megaship blocking Suez Canal
Tugboats and dredgers were working Friday to free a giant container ship blocking Egypt's Suez Canal for a fourth day, forcing companies to re-route services from the vital shipping lane around Africa. The MV Ever Given, which is longer than four football fields, has been wedged diagonally across the entire canal since Tuesday, shutting the waterway in both directions. The blockage has caused a huge traffic jam for more than 200 ships at either end of the 193-kilometre (120-mile) long canal and major delays in the delivery of oil and other products.
Marwa Elselehdar, 29, says she was working on the Aida IV, hundreds of miles away in Alexandria when she realized online rumors were blaming her for the mishap.
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Trolls falsified an article on Elselehdar that had been published by Arab News days before the accident. The headline of a flattering profile was changed from “Marwa Elselehdar: Egypt’s first female sea captain is riding waves of success” to “Cargo ship crashes into Suez canal. First female Lloyd Arab captain involved in incident.”
Hapag-Lloyd is a container ship company, although Elselehdar does not work for it it and it does not operate the Ever Given. The blockage has been blamed for billions of dollars in global losses.
Five things to know about the cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal
A massive, 1,300-foot cargo ship remains stuck in the Suez Canal after running aground nearly a week ago and becoming wedged sideways in the waterway, blocking all traffic through the vital shipping lane and causing major traffic jams in the Mediterranean and Red Seas.It soon became clear that major trade delays were on the horizon and would grow with each day the ship wasn't freed.Experts and officials are exploring multiple options to refloat the skyscraper-length vessel, but as of Sunday afternoon its bow section remained wedged in sand and rock.Here are five things to know about the grounded ship and the broader issues it is creating around the world:1.
"Frankly when I read the news I was upset because I worked really hard to reach the position I have reached," she said in a video posted online. "Anyone who works in this field knows how much effort a person has made over the years to reach this rank."
Multiple fake Twitter accounts were created in her name, making it more difficult for her to present the true story, she said.
"It is difficult to see that someone is trying to cancel all this effort ... or accuse me of being a failure or that I neglect my work," she said. “It’s my reputation, and I definitely don’t want it damaged like this.”
Suez Canal blockage: Captain of Ever Given not aiding probe; calamity's cost tops $1B
Elselehdar studied at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt, where she became the first Egyptian woman to study in the Department of Maritime Transport and Technology. She graduated in 2013, the only woman in a class of 1,200.
How the Giant Boat Blocking the Suez Canal Was Freed: Dredgers, Tugboats, and a Full Moon
How a celestial body contributed to the rescue effortsThe recovery vessels took advantage of high spring tides around the full moon on Sunday to free the Ever Given, which had blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal for almost a week. Its partial refloating just before dawn on Monday drew cheers and foghorn blasts from the bridges of other vessels caught in the bi-directional snarl that had held up hundreds of ships and billions of dollars worth of cargo each day since March 23.
She was recently promoted to captain, although she has must take the final exam.
"People in our society still don't accept the idea of girls working in the sea away from their families for a long time," she told the BBC. "But when you do what you love, it is not necessary for you to seek the approval of everyone."
The captain of the Ever Given has not been revealed. The total of 422 ships that were stranded passed through the canal in record time of six days, canal authority director Osama Rabie said in a statement.
Rabie called the effort an "achievement that adds to the authority's ability to manage emergency situations and deal with crises."
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Trolls attack Egypt's first female sea captain after Suez Canal ship mishap
Ever Given's Crew Have Remained on Ship for 3 Weeks as Egyptian Authorities Seize Boat .
The Ever Given, a 1,300-foot ship weighing more than 200,000 tons, made headlines when it became stuck in the Suez Canal on March 23. The ship was stuck for nearly a week, creating a traffic jam that was estimated to hold up $9 billion per day in global trade. On March 29, a group of 10 tugboats was able to dislodge the ship after several unsuccessful refloating attempts. Videos captured the Ever Given's crew and Suez Canal workers cheering when the ship was finally freed. Strong winds and a dust storm were originally thought to be the cause of the blockage.