A huge 200,000-ton ship blocked the Suez Canal. Satellite images show the collapse.
The huge container ship Ever Given was wedged into the Suez Canal in Egypt and captured by Egyptian satellites. Copernicus Outpost No. 1 mission .
The giant container ship ran aground on the canal during its voyage from China to the Netherlands on March 23. The picture on the left was taken on March 21. The picture shows routine maritime traffic in the canal, with ships visible every 2 to 3 kilometers. The picture on the right was taken on March 25, showing a 400m ship blocking the canal.
The canal connects Port Said between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean through the Egyptian city of Suez in the Red Sea.
The blockade has prevented hundreds of tankers and ships from reaching their destinations, and more maritime traffic is still heading to critical waterways. You can see the mountains of ships piling up on the Gulf of Suez.
The tugboat is trying to evacuate the 200,000-ton ship, but Egyptian authorities said it is not yet clear when the route will be reopened.
The two binary satellites of the Copernicus Outpost 1 mission carry radar instruments to capture images of the Earth’s surface, which can analyze the weather during the day and night, making it ideal for monitoring ship traffic.
The surface of the ocean reflects the radar signal away from the satellite and makes the water in the image appear very dark. This is in contrast to metal objects, in which case the boats in the bay appear as bright spots in the dark waters.
ESA information.This image contains modified Copernicus outpost data (2021), processed by ESA, CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO
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