I’m sure someone has brought this up at some point, but I just thought of it.
Even if they get this thing un-stuck. It’s still technically too large for the canal. They either have to get it all the way through or back out the way it came in without it getting re-stuck.
My guess is, that like many things with maximum sizes or weight limits or whatever, that limit exists to show the max the thing can handle safely and was tested to show that it could.
Heaver/taller/whatever things can use it, it just either comes with a greater risk or more wear and tear than is preferred.
This ship can surely make it through the canal and I’d bet it has been through it before.
I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“A vast and trunkless hull of steel
Stands in the desert. . . . Near it, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies…
on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ever Given, Boat of Boats;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
Any video with a heavy lift ship doing its thing gets my upvote.
The Internet has other thoughts about the uses of holes in ships.
I would apologize but I’m not sorry.
Ah, Giovanni Evers and Suzy Canales. Tale as old as time.
I’ve seen this kind of map shared elsewhere, and I’m not sure people understand how big that part of the world is. It takes weeks for a ship to divert around South Africa, and the extra traffic there won’t show up on charts for many days yet.
Without a before and after chart, showing lots of ships somewhere tells you nothing except there are always lots of ships everywhere.
This is more illustrative of what’s going on by now:
The boat is unstuck now.
It’s okay, a refinery exploded to make up for it.
Next up: icebergs in the stock exchange