Unless you’ve had your head stuck in the sand, you may have heard of a particular large ship currently blocking the Suez Canal. One of the most important trade routes in the world, the blockade has disrupted a large number of cargo ships and causes an estimated trade loss of between 6 and 10 billion dollars.
Of course, ever the sympathetic and benevolent power, the internet has come out in pristine form to create an abundance of memes, uncover more fun parts of the story, and even make games based on it.
Now a mod on Microsoft Flight Simulator has brought the game updated by adding Ever Given to the Suez channel in the game. For a game that prides itself on realism and accurate simulation, it̵
In a video posted to TikTok, user @donut_enforcement shared the modded creation as he flew over the Suez Canal and commented on the fun new model. He followed the video with the caption ‘Microsoft Flight Sim is a savage’, and we tend to agree.
Unfortunately, this is just a mod and will probably not be in the vanilla game.
The Ever Given is a container ship in the golden class, which makes it one of the largest vessels in the world, operated by Evergreen Marine. While driving a standard route to Rotterdam, NL, the 220,000 tonne ship was blown sideways by a powerful dust storm, spinning and fastening both ends into the narrow banks of the Suez Canal. With a small width of less than 1000 feet at the narrowest point, the Suez Canal is a nightmare for large vessels to navigate already, let alone in poor visibility and strong winds.
Captain Bill Kavanaugh, an associate professor of navigation at the National Maritime College of Ireland, explained to The Pat Kenny Show how stressful it is to travel through this international choke point.
“The procedure is very stressful for the ship. These ships are on the high seas and have a very good routine. Then they arrive in Port Said or even Suez … and suddenly all hell breaks loose. “Explains Kavanaugh.
Fortunately, there seems to be hope in the story. Just today, Ever Given finally fled the shoreline, correcting the course by 80%. While the bow remains in shallow water, the rescue crews hope to try to change the vessel when the tide arrives later in the day. However, experts warn that it will not be an easy operation, and that caution should be exercised before keeping hopes too high.
Meanwhile, ESA has now released incredible satellite images showing Ever given that were handed in at its position on March 25, and the resulting traffic jam backed up in the Gulf of Suez.