Ship Gets Stuck in Suez Canal
On March 23, a large container ship called the Ever Given ran aground in the Suez Canal. Due to its position, the ship blocked the 300-meter-wide canal, thus preventing other ships from passing through. On March 29, nearly a week later, the ship was dislodged. The Suez Canal is a 120-mile man-made waterway that is very narrow and treacherous to navigate. While it remains unclear how the Ever Given ran ashore, it was likely a combination of factors, such as high winds, lack of visibility because of a sandstorm, and human error.
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- Writing: What is the strategic importance of the Suez Canal?
- Debate: Should the U.S. and the international community provide more oversight concerning the Suez Canal?
- Poll: Should those who are found at fault pay restitution?
- Short Answer: What steps can be taken to avoid this from happening again?
Current events quiz:
1) The Suez Canal is owned and operated by which entity?
a. United Nations
d. Saudi Arabia
2) What percentage of global trade passes through the Suez Canal on a yearly basis?
3) Which of the following is false concerning how the Ever Given most likely ran ashore?
a. Human error
b. High winds
4) The Suez Canal is a waterway that connects the Caspian to the Red sea. (T/F)
5) On average more than 50 ships pass through the Suez Canal every day. (T/F)
6) The Suez Canal was constructed in the 19th century and has been expanded over the last 150 years. (T/F)
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Featured Image Credit: Container Ship ‘Ever Given’ stuck in the Suez Canal, Egypt – March 24th, 2021–