Massive Cargo Ship That Got Stuck In Suez Canal Crippled Global Shipping But Made For Some Awesome Memes

Taiwan-owned MV Ever Given (Evergreen) mega-boat caught in Suez Canal, memes and jokes from the mishap.

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It has been several days now that the gargantuan cargo ship blocked the Suez Canal. The results have been a shipping nightmare…but it has also provided some awesome memes.

On Tuesday, a 1,300-foot mega-container vessel MV Ever Given (Evergreen) from Taiwain floated sideways and got wedged on the banks of the Suez Canal in Egypt. The massive ship that can transport 20,000 20-foot shipping containers and is one of the longest “mega-ships” currently in operation blocked the Suez Canal, and all of the cargo ships behind it. The sailing faux-pas is holding up an estimated $400 million an hour in trade, according to shipping data and news company Lloyd’s List. Lloyd’s List estimates the value of the canal’s westbound traffic is approximately $5.1 billion a day, and eastbound traffic at around $4.5 billion a day.

“The key to this problem hinges on how much longer it will take to move the Ever Given,” said Alan Baer, President of logistics provider, OL USA LLC. “USA importers face arrival delays of three days right now and this will continue to grow as long as the disruption continues.”

To attempt to remedy this shipping catastrophe, one single small single excavator to dig out the gigantic vessel. The cartoonish visual made for a perfect new meme format.

There were memes based on Austin Powers, Friends, and more.

The internet attempted to devise solutions for the stuck ship.