Massive ship with all-Indian crew blocks Suez Canal; oil supply hit

The owners of a huge ship blocking the Suez Canal on Thursday said weeks could be taken to clear off the vessel, meaning that disruption in the global trade would continue. Let's take a look at what the entire crisis is all about. 

What happened

MV Ever Given, a 400-metre (1,300-foot) long vessel, bigger than four football fields, lost its way amid high winds and dust storm on Tuesday and ran aground. 


Earth-moving equipment deployed

News agency AFP reported that tug boats, dredgers and heavy earth-moving equipment have been used to move the vessel, but so far there has been no breakthrough. 


All crew comprise Indians 

All the crew members of the massive vessel are Indians. Shoei Kisen Kaisha, owner of MV Ever Given, said the Indian nationals are safe and no oil leakage has been found. 


Incident impacts oil supply 

Oil spills outside China's Qingdao port after ship collision (Representative Image)


Owner apologises

Kaisha has apologised for worsening the crisis and said that there was "extreme difficulty" in refloating the ship. 

"We sincerely apologise for causing a great deal of worry to ships in the Suez Canal and those planning to go through the canal," he said. 


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