The Suez Canal, one of the most popular seafaring trade routes in the world, was at a standstill for nearly a week thanks to a stationary container ship. Officials have moved urgently in an attempt to dislodge a 400-metre long vessel, named the Ever Given, which stalled activity in the area. The ensuing crisis has captured attention around the world, and it is now free, with traffic flowing once again through both ends.
How can you watch the Suez Canal?
The Suez Canal is one of the world’s most populous trade arteries, as it offers seafarers alternative passage through Africa and into Europe.
The canal has been at the centre of international controversy before, but not when people could watch events unfold in real-time.
Onlookers can keep track of the Ever Given’s position thanks to satellite technology.
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The Suez Canal Authority (SCA), which governs the trade route, explained the vessel lost control amid a sandstorm.
However, experts have said human error may be partly to blame.
According to ship technical managers with Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), it ran aground at roughly 5.40am GMT on Tuesday.
BSM has accounted for all crew onboard and explained there was no suspected pollution.