Here We Go Again: Ship Briefly Blocks Suez Canal, Prompting Wave of Memes Online
© REUTERS / AMR ABDALLAH DALSHFILE PHOTO: Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, sets sail to leave through Suez Canal after the canal authority reached a settlement with the vessel's owner and insurers, in Ismailia, Egypt, July 7, 2021.
© REUTERS / AMR ABDALLAH DALSH
In March, the unfortunate container ship Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal, forcing numerous cargo vessels to opt for alternate routes, travelling around Africa. The ship remained stuck for almost a week, resulting in massive losses as well as prompting thousands of memes mocking the situation.
Coral Crystal ship briefly blocked the Suez Canal on Thursday after the vessel ran aground. However, the ship was swiftly refloated and there were no problems with traffic, according to a statement issued by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA).
"The Suez Canal Authority reacted quickly to the incident with the Coral Crystal container ship, which ran around and got stuck temporarily, the sixth column in the northern colony, at 54 km point in the canal", the press release said.
The incident, however, instantly went viral on the Internet, with netizens producing a significant amount of memes about the event.