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Suez Canal snarled by giant ship choking key trade route
28 Mar, 2021

A giant ship could be stuck in the Suez Canal for days, blocking one of the world's busiest maritime trade routes that's vital for the movement of everything from oil to consumer goods.

The Ever Given, a container ship longer than the Eiffel Tower, ran aground in the southern part of the canal in Egypt, leaving dozens of vessels gridlocked as they attempt to transit between the Red Sea and Mediterranean. People familiar with the matter said the canal may be blocked for days.

The 193-kilometer-long (120 miles) Suez Canal is among the most trafficked waterways in the world, used by oil tankers shipping crude from the Middle East to Europe and North America. About 12% of global trade and 8% of liquefied natural gas pass through the canal, as do around one million barrels of oil each day.

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