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The length of Ever Given, an enormous cargo ship that’s blocking the Suez Canal in Egypt and causing one of the worst traffic jams in years.
At 430 yards long, Ever Given is almost as big as New York City’s Empire State Building. And it’s jammed like a “beached whale” in one of the world’s busiest shipping channels that links Asia and Europe.
The Panama-flagged ship is currently holding up dozens of other large container ships, including tankers laden with oil and gas and vessels hauling grain on either end of the canal, according to tracking data.
“Each day people have made estimates that between $8-10bn of trade is going through the Suez Canal – absolutely fundamental for European supply chains,” former European Union ambassador to Egypt James Moran told Al Jazeera.