Tracking data from vesselfinder.com showed that the ship’s path through the Red Sea produced an outline that looked a lot like a giant... *ahem* penis:
OH NO: misfortune's unerring aim touched #EVERGIVEN's track as it departed the designated anchorage and steamed int… https://t.co/AEmYOBZVTR
— John Scott-Railton (@John Scott-Railton)
If that’s not a sign that the ship’s journey was cursed, we don’t know what is…
While the incident is clearly funny, it could also have a serious knock-on effect for global shipping.
Salvatore R Mercogliano, a former merchant mariner and associate professor of history at North Carolina’s Campbell University, told AP on Wednesday:
“Every day, 50 vessels on average go through that canal, so the closing of the canal means no vessels are transiting north and south.
“Every day the canal is closed ... container ships and tankers are not delivering food, fuel and manufactured goods to Europe and goods are not being exported from Europe to the Far East.”
Vessels currently stuck due to the blockage are reportedly being diverted to an older channel until the Ever Given can move again - but it will take a while before travel through the route is back to normal.
All in all, not a great day for anyone working on the Suez Canal...
If you think youre having a bad day, spare a thought for the helmsman who somehow managed to stick his giantass shi… https://t.co/evfudF1SnP
— Shiv Ramdas Traing To Rite Buk (@Shiv Ramdas Traing To Rite Buk)
You might be having a bad day
but you certainly aren't having as bad a day as the captain who accidently parallel… https://t.co/lNAzp9Efri