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After the Ever Given: what the ship wedged in the Suez Canal means for global trade

By Michael Bell, Professor of Ports and Maritime Logistics, University of Sydney
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In the early hours of March 23, the container ship Ever Given was blown off course by high winds on its way through the Suez Canal. At 400 metres long, the Ever Given is longer than the canal is wide, and the ship became wedged firmly in both banks, completely blocking traffic.

Dredgers, excavators and tug boats are working frantically to free the ship, but the operation may take weeks, according…


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