NASA shares satellite images of ship traffic jam in Suez Canal, the lineup was 100 kms-long

NASA shares satellite images of ship traffic jam in Suez Canal, the lineup was 100 kms-long

On Tuesday, the Suez Canal Authority confirmed that the ship was freed with the help of Dutch firm Boskalis.

After capturing major international headlines by bringing nearly 30% of the world's trade to a grinding halt, the mega-ship blocking Egypt's Suez Canal finally set sail once again on March 30.

The ship named 'Ever Given' had blocked the canal for nearly a week and it took nearly six days and seven hours to set the vessel free again. The high drama captivated the world but also exposed the vulnerability of international trade.

According to officials, the ship got stuck due to high winds and a huge dust storm. A report also revealed that the vessel was travelling nearly 5 knots faster than the permitted speed limit in the Canal.

On Tuesday, the Suez Canal Authority confirmed that the ship was freed with the help of Dutch firm Boskalis.

Just after the 1,300-feet-long ship was dislodged, tug boats honked their honks in celebration and hundreds of other ships were seen lined up and waiting to pass through the canal.

Now, ships have started moving again in the Suez Canal. But due to the halt that lasted for a week, there is a massive accumulation of hundreds of vessels, which has lead to traffic jams.

Aerial photos of the congestion in the canal have already been shared widely on social media. Now, a satellite photo by NASA gives netizens an idea about how big the congestion is.

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NASA took to social media to share a collage of three photos on Tuesday. The photo on the left shows typical ship traffic in the Gulf of Suez on February 1, 2021. But the next two photos, taken in March, show how the line of waiting ships kept getting longer and eventually stretched 100 kilometres.

The series of night-time images were all acquired with the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the Suomi NPP satellite, according to a NASA Earth Facebook post.

"The VIIRS “day-night band” detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to enhance dim signals such as moonlight, gas flares, and the lights on ships," reads the post

“The left image shows typical ship traffic in the Gulf of Suez on February 1, 2021. By March 27, the line of waiting ships stretched 72 kilometers (45 miles). Two days later, ships waited as far as 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the canal entry. According to Leth Agencies, 184 vessels were still waiting to get through on March 30,” it adds.

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