Global Shipping Halted by Container Ship

Memes exploit the situation


Tess Valcarcel, staff

Recently, a large cargo ship, the Evergreen, was stuck in the Suez Canal for 6 days. Throughout this time, the media has taken a humorous approach to the incident. This is especially shown in how the boat was eventually freed with help from the full moon on Sunday, March.

The Suez Canal is located in Egypt connecting the Red Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. It is one of the most important canals in the world. The cause of the ship getting stuck is unknown, but the effects are going to be shown for months. It is estimated that the cost of the blockade on the world economy was about 6 billion dollars a day.

The media has been very open about what happened, and has quickly spread the information to the world.

“I read an article about it the other day, I know that all they really had was hope for it to get unstuck,” senior Sofi Zarran said.

Popular sites including twitter, tik tok, buzzfeed and instagram, have shown a positive light on the incident.

“I saw a buzzfeed article about it, and I heard that ‘put it back’ is trending on twitter right now,” senior Vianca Gonzalez said.

While people may know it for the memes, it does not distract from the worry of getting shipments and packages delayed.

“I ordered a couch and it’s not coming in until May now because it had to go through the canal,” Zarran said.

The boat is free, in large part because of the moon. The king-tide full moon caused the tides to be affected which was the final push for the boat to become unstuck.

“It’s very out of the blue and I’m glad everything is ok now,” Gonzalez said.

While many enjoyed the many memes associated with it, the shipments which have been delayed are finally on their way to being delivered.