The container ship Ever Giving panicked and blocked one of the most important shipping routes in the world, the Suez Canal in Egypt.
In fact, a huge ship weighing more than 200 thousand tons ran aground on Tuesday at 7:40 am (2:40 am, Brasilia time) suffering from a gust of wind.
The vessel was sailing from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, although the main route was from China to the Netherlands. The ship is 400 meters long and 59 meters wide. In addition, it has a capacity to carry up to 20 thousand 6-meter containers.
Importance of channel
The Suez Canal is the route of most oil traveling by sea in the world. According to experts, about 10% of all international maritime trade crosses Suez.
The calculations, in turn, make 50 ships crossing 193 kilometers of the Suez Canal daily. The canal was built between 1859 and 1869 to connect the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and Asia.
Wind at the core of the Suez crisis
When the ship was hit by a strong gust of wind, the ship was engulfed in the Eiver Given Suez Canal. This is not an uncommon occurrence in the area, especially at this time of year.
In North Africa and the Levant region, which includes, for example, part of the Middle East, a wind is blowing that is named after Khasmin.
The Khmesin wind comes from the south and flows over Egypt in front of a depression (low pressure area) that runs east along the Mediterranean or North Africa while the pressure is east of the Nile.
As khasmin is an air that escapes the interior of the continent, it is hot and dry and usually carries a lot of dust.
Finally, his name in Arabic refers to the fifty days he works, often from April to June.