Suez Canal blocked again after huge ship runs ​aground just months after last crisis

By Matthew Dresch

The Suez Canal was briefly blocked again today after a container ship ran aground.

It comes just months after another vessel became wedged across the 120-mile waterway, causing trade chaos across the world.

The 400m-long Ever Given ship ran aground in high winds in March, blocking the Suez Canal in Egypt for six days.

Today the Panama-flagged Coral Crystal also became grounded, although it was refloated shortly afterwards.

Despite this, some ships still suffered delays as a result of the incident, The Sun reports.

The ship was stuck in the Ballah bypass, where the canal operates two lanes.

Ships were diverted through a parallel channel after the accident, The Suez Canal Authority said.

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The Ever Given became trapped in the Suez Canal in March (Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Tech)

The SCA added that the vessel, which had a cargo of 43,000 tonnes, suffered from a temporary problem on its way southwards through the canal.

A senior Suez Canal official told The National : “It was a minor traffic issue that was resolved in less than an hour."

It comes after the Ever Given became wedged diagonally across a southern section of the canal in March.

It took six days before the ship was refloated (AFP via Getty Images)

More than 20,000 tonnes of sand were removed by dredgers, while 14 tugboats were deployed to use high tides to shift the vessel.

The vessel's predicament captured the world's attention, with a little digger's efforts to free the enormous vessel piled high with containers provoking a tide of memes.

While the internet appeared to enjoy the distraction, the Ever Given's stranding caused major disruptions to global shipping.

Shipping rates for oil product tankers nearly doubled after the ship became stranded.

Aldi warned of 30-day delays on stock due to the crisis.

The budget supermarket posted an apology online warning Specialbuys could be a month late due to the cargo vessel.

The Grocer reported the supermarket confirmed a number of delays had been caused by the lodged ship.

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The skyscraper-sized ship was wedged in the Suez Canal in Egypt - one of the world's largest trading routes.

An Aldi spokesperson said: "We're sorry. The Specialbuys you're looking for may have been delayed due to current events.

"We are working hard to make them available as soon as possible."

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