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Started by GyratingTrampoline on Mar 24, 2021 9:06:14 AM
Suez canal blocked by vast container ship

It was pushed aground by a gust of wind yesterday and attempts to refloat it have so far been unsuccessful. There is now a traffic jam of other ships

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-56505413

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Intowntonight - 24 Mar 2021 10:27:36 (#1 of 568)

Has anyone called the AA ?

champagnerocker - 24 Mar 2021 10:30:23 (#2 of 568)

Will they have to pay a fine like if you crash at the Nürburgring and the charge you for the revenue they are loosing when the track is closed?

solomongursky - 24 Mar 2021 10:33:31 (#3 of 568)

Egyptian parking warden.

frantastic - 24 Mar 2021 10:33:41 (#4 of 568)

Oh no! Now I’ll have to take the long way round.

browserbutton - 24 Mar 2021 10:44:07 (#5 of 568)

'The length of four (4) football pitches.'

Agaliarept - 24 Mar 2021 10:53:22 (#6 of 568)

Suez Canal parking manager just returning from his tea break:

https://bit.ly/39avbDe

brooklyn - 24 Mar 2021 12:43:28 (#7 of 568)

"you idiot! port means left!"

FrankieTeardrop - 24 Mar 2021 12:44:47 (#8 of 568)

"My left or your left?"

Pinkgum - 24 Mar 2021 12:51:19 (#9 of 568)

If you zoom in on the first picture on the BBC you can see the digger being used to dig it out. Like using a teaspoon to move a mountain.

OldLefty - 24 Mar 2021 12:52:39 (#10 of 568)

Whoever was at the wheel has outdone that bloke who crashed a frigate into London Bridge trying to do a 3-point turn on the Thames.

Dementor - 24 Mar 2021 12:53:47 (#11 of 568)

Will they have to pay a fine like if you crash at the Nürburgring and the charge you for the revenue they are loosing when the track is closed?

There should be a local Canal Pilot on board, so I guess it depends on whether they made a mistake or something mechanical went wrong with the ship.

HouseOfLametta - 24 Mar 2021 12:54:40 (#12 of 568)

It's always heartening that someone is having a worse day than you.

Verdigris - 24 Mar 2021 12:54:46 (#13 of 568)

I hope the new battery pack for my robotic vacuum cleaner isn't on board. I may need a digger to clear the dust if it doesn't arrive soon!

hailesaladdie - 24 Mar 2021 12:56:01 (#14 of 568)

It will affect quite a lot of deliveries - and some commodity prices. We're so dependent on these shipping lanes...

FleurDuMal - 24 Mar 2021 12:56:14 (#15 of 568)

If you zoom in on the first picture on the BBC you can see the digger being used to dig it out. Like using a teaspoon to move a mountain.

I know! It's only when you see the digger, that you realise how enormous the ship is!

FleurDuMal - 24 Mar 2021 12:56:46 (#16 of 568)

It's always heartening that someone is having a worse day than you.

Yep, think positive!

Verdigris - 24 Mar 2021 13:01:25 (#17 of 568)

Ship partially refloated, according to Auntie.

HouseOfLametta - 24 Mar 2021 13:01:50 (#18 of 568)

What does that mean?

Verdigris - 24 Mar 2021 13:02:38 (#19 of 568)

That's what I was wondering?

Perhaps one end can move?

HouseOfLametta - 24 Mar 2021 13:04:39 (#20 of 568)

If it's the top half I'd like to see it.

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