A Giant Ship Got Stuck In The Tiny Suez Canal So Naturally It Was Turned Into A Meme
No matter what you did today, at least you didn't accidentally block a major trade route with your big boat
A 400-metre-long container ship called the Ever Given is blocking traffic in the Suez Canal after becoming wedged sideways while attempting to pass through the major shipping route.
Ever Given was on its way to Rotterdam, Netherlands, but ran aground in the early hours of Tuesday morning. News of the blockage was first reported by the maritime tracking site, Fleet Mon. But Ever Giver officially went viral after Julianne Cona, a crew member from a nearby ship posted a pic of the stranded Ever Giver to their Instagram.
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Their caption read: “Ship in front of us ran aground while going through the canal and is now stuck sideways looks like we might be here for a little bit…” In a comment, they also wrote, “from the looks of it that ship is super stuck.”
The subsequent stranding of the Ever Given has caused delays, a backlog of deliveries and, of course, a ship-tonne of memes. Many have pointed out the situation has the energy a scene from an Austin Powers film.
😂 The internet remains undefeated. pic.twitter.com/1XDezPWkHN
— PiQ (@PriapusIQ) March 24, 2021
Have they tried pushing the boat stuck in the Suez Canal? Seems pretty easy to me.
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) March 24, 2021
sorry I blocked the suez canal with my big ass. sorry that was me. I'm trying to fix it but I'm stuck. sorry again to all of Egypt
— Poirot Fan Account (@mechapoetic) March 24, 2021
Other memes formed around imagining the nautical equivalent of road rage that is undoubtedly occurring as a result of the blockage. As of today, several tug boats are still attempting to manoeuvre the vessel.
emotionally, i am the suez canal
— Sara Yasin (@sarayasin) March 24, 2021
loudly referring to every situation as 'some real Suez Canal shit' regardless of context
— Deirdre (@figgled) March 25, 2021
what would you do if your ship was not home
crying all alone on the suez canal
because he's too big
and the only way to free him is to
ship with a man for a little bit of money
— Bec Shaw (@Brocklesnitch) March 24, 2021
It’s very difficult not to view the entire situation as a comedically villainous plot to block traffic through one of the world’s major trade routes. Certainly, blocking the Suez Canal, whose route sits between 200 and 210 metres wide, with a ship upwards of 300 meters wide sounds like an oversight that borders on the comically devious.
“Is there a traffic jam?” Answer 👇https://t.co/vD2GYX2bAG
— John Scott-Railton (@jsrailton) March 23, 2021
I can personally imagine a B-List DC villain — someone like the Riddler, or Mr Freeze — rubbing their hands together at the sheer simplicity of blocking a major trade route with a boat too big to pass through the route, causing indigestion for trade between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Or even the unfolding chaos in the canal as the cold open to an episode of Kim Possible where Kim saves the day by pointing out to Maritime authorities that the boat is too big.
call me a conspiracy theorist but there is no way that the cargo ship currently stuck in the suez canal drew a giant dick and ass in the red sea """by accident""" pic.twitter.com/PWb1uGPGmd
— sloane (sîpihkopiyesîs) (@cottoncandaddy) March 24, 2021
Considering the Canal is the major trade route for oil for much of Asia, a prolonged gridlock could have major political and social ramifications. For now, however, enjoy the fact that no matter how much you might stuff up today, you didn’t clog a major world trade route because you forgot how small it was.
Whatever you did today, whatever your shortcomings… you did not block the Suez Canal* with your gigantic boat.
*Unless of course, you’re the captain of Ever Given. In which case, well– things happen.
— Jonathan Frederick (@jonmikefred) March 23, 2021
here's a free bit: sydney harbour bridge driver on the suez canal. you fucking cunt!!! (blood pressure at 220/150) I gotta be in eritrea by 9.15 you shit fucking cunt!!!
— mustard baby (@marrowing) March 24, 2021
stepsis i'm stuck in the suez canal 😳 https://t.co/vlpzlgKbvV
— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) March 24, 2021
Merryana Salem (she/they) is a proud Wonnarua and Lebanese–Australian writer, critic, teacher, researcher and podcaster on most social media as @akajustmerry. If you want, check out their podcast, GayV Club where they gush about LGBT rep in media. Either way, she hopes you ate something nice today.