A container ship has run aground, blocking the Suez Canal since Tuesday -- news that has evidently given Twitter users a field day. This incredible jam is so absurd that the situation has provided a new source of amusement for the internet, spurring a whole wave of memes on Twitter.
While the situation itself is serious and could have considerable economic consequences, Twitter is staying true to form in seeing the funny side. Since Tuesday, one of the world's most important trade routes is completely blocked by the Ever Given, a container ship operated by Evergreen. This enormous vessel is 400 meters long, 59 meters wide, and stands as tall as a 20-storey building, and is preventing other ships from traveling through the Suez Canal. The container ship, which can carry up to 22,000 20-foot containers, ended up positioned sideways across the canal after being hit by a gust of wind.
Now, as of Friday, this major maritime trade route is still blocked, and the jam of ships building up behind is getting bigger. It is even visible from space in these images shared via the official Twitter account of Airbus Space :
Faced with the absurdity of this global situation, Twitter has done what it does best: laugh. Since the incident occurred, a wave of memes has swept the platform. And, as with the Bernie Sanders meme craze, users around the world have boarded the trend. Some have been using the incredible and improbable images as a metaphorical means of calling out issues like systemic racism and globalization, while others are drawing comparisons to their daily lives.
— Vinvix Gévéor (@animalnum) March 25, 2021
Although the situation has raised smiles, the Suez Canal could remain blocked for weeks, the company in charge of the unprecedented rescue operation has said. In spite of the measures taken to dislodge the giant vessel -- and faced with the scale of the task compared to the means mobilized to unblock the route -- the situation has become even more comical and unbelievable.