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Seen From Space: Ever Given Container Ship Wedged in the Suez Canal – and the Resulting Traffic Jam
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Seen From Space: Ever Given Container Ship Wedged in the Suez Canal – and the Resulting Traffic Jam

The large Ever Given container ship, wedged in Egypt’s Suez Canal, is seen in new pictures captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission. Credit score: Incorporates modified Copernicus Sentinel information (2021), processed by ESA,

The large Ever Given container ship, wedged in Egypt’s Suez Canal, is seen in new pictures captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission.

The large container ship ran aground in the canal on March 23 on its journey from China to the Netherlands. The picture on the left, captured on March 21, reveals routine maritime visitors in the canal with vessels seen each 2 to three km. The picture on the proper, captured on March 25, reveals the 400 m-ship blocking the canal.

The canal connects Port Stated on the Mediterranean Sea to the Indian Ocean through the Egyptian metropolis of Suez on the Purple Sea. The blockage has delayed tons of of tankers and vessels in reaching their vacation spot, and extra maritime visitors continues to be heading to the essential waterway. Ships could be seen accumulating in the Gulf of Suez.

Tug boats are working exhausting to dislodge the 200,000 tonne ship, nevertheless, Egyptian authorities say it’s unclear when the route will reopen. [Replace: Tug boats have now freed the vessel.)

The 2 similar Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites carry radar devices to supply an all-weather, day-and-night provide of images of Earth’s floor, making it preferrred to watch ship visitors.

The ocean floor displays the radar sign away from the satellite tv for pc, and makes water seem darkish in the picture. This contrasts with metallic objects, in this case the ships in the bay, which seem as vibrant dots in the darkish waters.

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