Image of ‘Evergreen’ truck blocking traffic in China goes viral days after Suez Canal crisis

Conrad Duncan@theconradduncan
Sunday 28 March 2021 14:41
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A truck carrying a shipping container with the word “Evergreen” on it has gone viral in China after it caused a major traffic jam similar to the huge ship currently stuck in the Suez Canal.

An image of the truck, which bore striking similarities to the now-infamous Ever Given ship, went viral on the Chinese social media site Weibo on Saturday - the original post can be found here.

Although it is unclear where and when the picture was taken, text on the image’s header indicates that the location was on the Changshen Expressway at about 9:55am on Saturday, according to the Singaporean website Mothership.

By now, we’re sure you’re all familiar with the original ship - which managed to get stuck in the Suez Canal earlier this week, blocking one of the world’s busiest trade routes…

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While the two vehicles carry the same logo, the incidents do not appear to be related as Evergreen - the trading company linked to the Ever Given ship - does not operate a trailer business in Mainland China, according to China Times.

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Nevertheless, the images present another PR nightmare for the company, which has, unfortunately, become the face of one of the biggest trade headaches in modern history...

Meanwhile, the Ever Given remains stuck in the canal, as of Sunday morning, with tugging and dredging operations apparently working around the clock to free it.

The Suez Canal Authority said dredgers had so far shifted 27,000 cubic metres of sand around the ship.

Shipping experts have warned that it could take days or even weeks to free the 400-metre-long vessel, causing further disruption to global supply chains.

As of Saturday, 321 boats were waiting to pass through the canal, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels.

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