Satellite images show the Ever Given sitting in an artificial lake off the Suez Canal, where its hull will be inspected for seaworthiness

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A radar image taken by the Sentinel-1 satellite shows the Great Bitter Lake on March 31. The Ever Given is the bright ship on the lake’s eastern side.

  • The Ever Given once stuck in the Suez Canal is in an artificial lake with its 18,000 containers.
  • The giant container ship is awaiting a hull inspection that will decide if it can continue sailing.
  • In the meantime, a backlog of 422 ships has resumed traffic in the Suez Canal.
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Three days after the Ever Given container ship was dislodged from the Suez Canal, it remains anchored in an artificial lake, its future route uncertain.

The ship, operated by the Evergreen Marine Corporation, had been en route to Rotterdam, Netherlands, when it ran aground in the canal on March 23. It remained wedged horizontally for six days, blocking a major global shipping route and becoming an international spectacle.

A spokesperson for Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, the company that manages the Ever Given, told Insider the ship is due for a “hull inspection” and will remain in the Great Bitter Lake until it’s completed.

Evergreen said in a statement that the upcoming inspection “will determine whether the ship can resume its scheduled service” to Rotterdam.

In the meantime, traffic along the Suez Canal has resumed, though the Suez Canal Authority chairman told reporters on Monday the backlog of 422 ships would take several days to clear.

Another satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows a line of ships steadily making their way down the canal on March 31:

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Shipping traffic in the Suez Canal has resumed, after the Ever Given was dislodged on March 29.

The Ever Given initially got stuck in the canal due to high winds from a sandstorm. It was ultimately freed thanks to a combination of dredging operations that removed the sand and mud from underneath the ship’s hull, and tugboats that pulled and pushed the ship into position.

The vessel is one of the world’s largest container ships – it’s roughly the same length as the Empire State Building and can carry up to 20,000 containers. The debacle cost the global economy an estimated $400 million per hour.

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Latest satellite images show efforts to free the giant container ship, Ever Given, stuck in Suez Canal

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Container ship Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal, Egypt on March 27, 2021.

  • The 1,300ft long, 200,000-tonne vessel has been stuck there for more than three days.
  • Dredging of the bottom and the banks of the canal has now began to free the ship.
  • Over 200 ships are caught in the backlog, costing the global economy an estimated $400 million per hour.
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The latest effort to remove the giant container ship, Ever Given, which has been blocking a vital passageway in Egypt’s Suez Canal for more than three days has been captured on satellite imagery.

The owner of the Ever Given, Yukito Higaki, apologized for causing “tremendous trouble” and told Japanese media that he hopes it will be refloated on Saturday.

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Dredging of the bottom and the Suez Canal banks to try and free the container ship Ever Given on March 27, 2021.

Higaki, who is president of Shoei Kisen Kaisha, the company which owns the container ship, added that 10 tugboats had been deployed to dredge the banks and canal bottom, Insider previously reported.

He said: “The ship is not taking water. There is no problem with its rudders and propellers. Once it refloats, it should be able to operate,” according to the BBC.

The White House has also offered to provide assistance.

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A close-up of the excavation of the Ever Given from the Suez Canal on March 27, 2021.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during a news conference on Friday: “We’re tracking the situation very closely. We understand that Egyptian officials are working to remove the tanker as soon as possible and continue traffic. We’re consulting with our Egyptian partners about how we can best support their efforts.”

The 1,300ft long, 200,000-tonne vessel has caused the backlogging of more than 200 ships across the Red Sea.

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Ships stuck waiting in the traffic jam in the Suez Canal on March 27, 2021.

It may also lead to shortages of toilet paper, coffee, furniture, and other imported goods and stockpiling as seen during COVID-19.

The current standstill is costing the global economy an estimated $400 million per hour.

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An overview of the effort to refloat Ever Given in the Suez Canal on March 27, 2020.

Lloyd’s List, a British shipping news journal, also noted that the Suez Canal is responsible for 10% of all international trade with around 1.9 million barrels of oil transported through it every day.

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