The Shipping Forecast
The 220,000-tonne, 400m-long container ship got stuck last Tuesday and over-optimistic rumours that it was re-floated were quashed by Lloyd’s List who issued a statement saying: “THE SUEZ Canal remains closed following the grounding of a fully laden Evergreen-operated 20,000 teu containership on Tuesday, blocking traffic on one of the world’s most important waterways. Despite reports that the 2018-built, Panama-flagged Ever Given had been partially refloated, the vessel’s technical managers BSM have confirmed that the vessel remains grounded.” Lloyd’s List Intelligence AIS tracking also confirms that Ever Given has not moved since it ran aground 151 km north in the Suez Canal on Tuesday, turning sideways and causing a backup of many hundreds of other ships.
It’s interesting that it takes a single iconic image to cut through the torrent of information, disinformation and misinformation that flashes before us every minute. It’s one of these revelatory moments. It reveals the fragility of the systems that operate our ‘magical world’ where goods arrive from the other side of the planet and place and season and locality are disappeared. As we struggle out of lockdown and try to ‘recover’ (itself a problematic word to use) from the pandemic – the relation between the local and the global is exposed like never before.
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