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The Ever Given, though you might know it as that chunky ol' ship stuck in the Suez Canal, has finally been moved in order to get trade going in one of the world's busiest routes again. What you might not know is that it has been rehomed in Microsoft Flight Simulator, in a ridiculous turn of events.
On 23rd March, the ship ran aground in the Suez Canal, an artificial channel between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. It's really, really, really important that this waterway isn't blocked because almost $10 billion in trade goods travels along it every day. In fact, the number of times where this has happened has been restricted to the two World Wars and the Suez Crisis which was triggered when Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalised the canal. As aforementioned, it's vital that this canal isn't obstructed in any way owing to the huge sway that it has over the productivity and viability of the global economy.
In the five days that the channel has been snarled up, two hundred vessels were caught in a traffic jam, trapped there while teams attempted to free the ship. Even if you don't know a whole lot about this industry, there's something sort of relatable in the story of the Ever Given. Who among us hasn't stacked it on a shift and had to clear up the chaos while the customer watches bemusedly? And, there was a comical photo showing a digger removing sand from the canal to make room for the ship to turn, which then became a meme depicting struggles against impossible odds.
Though the ship has been moved and it's likely that the work will be completed soon, a Microsoft Flight Simulator modder has immortalised the incident in the game. donut_enforcement is coasting somewhere over Egypt when they look out of their left window to see the ship smack bang in the middle of the canal. Now, this isn't funny for the salvage company who have been tasked with the Ever Given's removal, nor is it funny for the crew, nor is it funny for the Suez Canal Authority who probably have the worst headaches in the world right now.
But. It is funny to me and that's what counts.
Featured Image Credit: donut_enforcer via YouTube, Asobo Studios
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