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Six Days in Suez: The Inside Story of the Ship That Broke Global Trade

By June 26, 2021December 5th, 2023No Comments
 Rescue vessels in the Suez Canal work to dislodge the Ever Given on March 26. (PHOTOGRAPHER: AHMED GOMAA/XINHUA/ZUMA PRESS)

Here’s the true story of the Ever Given, the mammoth shipping vessel en route from Malaysia to the Netherlands with a billion dollars worth of goods on board when it ran aground in the Suez Canal and nearly brought the global supply chain to an immediate halt.

It’s a great long read from Bloomberg Businessweek and hits on the strategic importance of the Suez Canal in global commerce, how it came to be, and profiles of some of the captains that navigate more than 19,000 container ships annually through Egypt’s narrow (and shallow) sea passageway.