Sandstorm, winds blamed for container ship fiasco in Suez Canal

Evergreen Marine container ship stuck in Suez Canal.

Officials say a sandstorm and high winds caused the ultra large container ship Ever Given to run aground Tuesday morning, blocking the Suez Canal.

Evergreen Marine, the Taiwanese transportation company that built and operates the Ever Given, said the ship was “suspected of being hit by a sudden strong wind, causing the hull to deviate … and accidentally hit the bottom and run aground.”

The Suez Canal Authority said in a statement Wednesday that 46-mph (40-knot) winds and a sandstorm caused low...

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