The Suez Canal remains blocked after four days ago, due to a strong sandstorm, the ‘Ever Given’, a cargo ship of 220,000 tons and 400 meters in length, ran aground. Hence the decision of the shipping companies to change the navigation routes. Seven tankers carrying liquefied natural gas have been diverted, three of them to the longest route around Africa, via the Cape of Good Hope, intelligence firm Kpler explained.
“In total, 16 ships are carrying natural gas and will have to change their planned transit through the Suez Canal if the blockade continues until the end of this week,” said Rebecca Chia, an analyst at Kpler. Attempts to free the ship resumed this morning, but it remained in the same position.