Ship stuck in Suez like a 'beached whale'

The Ever Given vessel ran aground diagonally across the single-lane stretch of the southern canal on Tuesday (March 23) morning after losing the ability to steer amid high winds and a dust storm, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said in a statement.

It is now blocking transit in both directions through one of the world's busiest shipping channels for goods, oil, grain and other products linking Asia and Europe.

Peter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch company Boskalis, which is trying to free the ship, said it was too early to say how long the job might take.