Cargo ship Ever Given blocks Suez Canal

In one of the weirder bits of news to come out of this week, a massive cargo ship has gotten itself inextricably stuck in the Suez Canal - blocking off one of the world's busiest shipping routes and disrupting billions of dollars of global trade in the process.

The Ever Given, a massive cargo ship that is hilariously and ironically almost exactly as long as the Suez Canalis wide, became stuck in the extremely awkward position you see above sometime on Tuesday, March 23. Egyptian authorities have been frantically trying to find a way to get the ship un-stuck, and have been diverting other shipments through older channels in the canal in an attempt to mitigate what some are calling the worst shipping jam in decades. 

Cropped satellite imagery captured on March 23, 2021 shows the cargo container ship Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal in Egypt.

On a normal day, nearly 30% of the world's shipping containers flow through the Suez, accounting for a little over 10% of all global trade. 

But while global trade may be blocked, the wheels of internet humor never stop turning, and it wasn't long before the memes started rolling out:

One Shot Loggie @JohnBuc08179594 · Mar 23 You may have had a bad day today but have you blocked the Suez Canal today level of bad day?

One of the most shared photographs was taken from a ship following the Ever Given, and showed it blocking the canal.

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@instachaz procrastination workflow writing a to do list

suez we have a problem

 Lord Of The Rings Memes Bot @LOTRMemesBot · 17h The Suez Canal calls for aid!

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when you finished arguing and they say something under their breath

go straight or plug busy shipping canal

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Adding even more hilarity to the entire affair is the discovery by one VesselFinder user that, prior to getting stuck, the pilot of the Ever Given seems to have plotted a course that basically drew a d**k and b***s on the map. 

Jeremy Baker @Jeremy_Baker Before getting stuck in the Suez Canal, the giant freighter ship Ever Given sailed a course that drew a giant dick. Forever Given'r

2021 is too much, I'm out.


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