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Suez Canal blockage is a signal of what's ahead as ships get bigger

The 200,000-ton cargo ship currently lodged in the Suez Canal, bringing 13% of the world's trade to a halt, may be the biggest vessel to get stuck in a major waterway

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The latest closure of this key waterway has halted the transit of about 185 ships. (Bloomberg)

Robert Tuttle | Bloomberg
The 200,000-ton cargo ship currently lodged in the Suez Canal, bringing 13% of the world’s trade to a halt, may be the biggest vessel to get stuck in a major waterway. But if history is any guide, it won’t be the last.

Movement of ships between the Red Sea and Mediterranean has been halted since early Tuesday when the container ship Ever Given ran aground in the southern part of the Egyptian canal. Efforts to dislodge a vessel that’s longer than the Eiffel Tower have been unsuccessful, raising prospects that it may take days -- or longer -- to resolve.

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First Published: Mar 25 2021 | 8:10 AM IST

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