One huge ship, 742 million t-shirts

All the things you never knew about the Ever Given

Ship surrounded by t shirts

When it was freed after six days, 400 vessels were waiting at either end of the canal.

Another bunch of ships travelling between Asia and Europe had given up entirely and taken the long route around southern Africa instead, taking an extra eight or nine days. 

You can see the route on this excellent map from Vessels Value, published by the BBC.

About $50 bn of global trade was delayed. And the Egyptian government is claiming damages from the Ever Given’s owners that could run to a billion dollars.

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