Satellite images show a mega container ship blocking the Suez Canal in Egypt

Satellite images captured on March 23, 2021 show the cargo container ship Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal in Egypt.

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Satellite imagery gives a different perspective on the developing situation in Egypt’s Suez Canal, where a mega cargo container ship turned sideways and got stuck, blocking the busy passage.

Images captured Tuesday by a Planet Labs Dove satellite showed the stranded ship named Ever Given in the channel.

Cropped satellite images captured on March 23, 2021 show the cargo container ship Ever Given blocking the Suez Canal in Egypt.

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Ever Given is approximately 1,300 feet long (or nearly a quarter of a mile) and 193 feet wide. The ship weighs around 220,000 tons and can transport up to 20,000 containers.

A synthetic aperture radar image captured Wednesday by Capella Space took another look at Ever Given and showed it being wedged into the wall of the canal. Payam Banazadeh, CEO of Capella, noted that the blurring of the ship in the picture “is due to its movement on the water”.

“We captured this image for over 20 seconds, so you can see the ship’s movement during those 20 seconds,” wrote Banazadeh in an email to CNBC.

The Ever Given captured in a synthetic aperture radar satellite image.

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Suez’s port agent, GAC, told Reuters that Ever Given was partially floated and moved against the bank of the canal on Wednesday morning.

“The ship will remain aground from this point, but efforts to levitate it again will continue in close cooperation with the Suez Canal Authority,” a ship management spokesman for Bernhard Schulte told CNBC around 11:45 am ET. The company is the technical manager of Ever Given.

Taiwan-based ship operator Evergreen Marine Corp. said in a statement that the Ever Green ran aground after being overcome by strong winds as it entered the Suez Canal from the Red Sea. The operator found that none of its containers had sunk.

– CNBC’s Pippa Stevens, The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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