Suez Canal shipping backlog cleared

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 5, 2021

Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo reports on the MV Ever Given that hit the bottom of the Suez Canal and has been stuck since Tuesday.

And a significant portion of this trade was impacted by the delays, as the Suez Canal conveys 12 per cent of global shipping along the Europe-Asia trunk route.

Salvage teams on Monday set free a colossal container ship that has halted global trade through the Suez Canal, bringing an end to a crisis that for almost a week had clogged one of the world's most vital maritime arteries.

Marwa Elselehdar said soon after news broke that the Ever Given had blocked the canal on March 24, she noticed online rumors saying she was responsible.

The image which circulated was an image of a news story from the website Arab News, which had been doctored to pin the blame on her.

"I was shocked. I felt that I might be targeted maybe because I'm a successful female in this field or because I'm Egyptian, but I'm not sure", she told the outlet.

When the false rumours first began to go viral, Ms Elselehdar was concerned it may have a negative impact on her reputation in the industry.

Egyptian authorities have presented the freeing of the mega-ship as a vindication of the country's engineering and salvage capabilities.

The true identity of the ship's captain has not been made public, but Google searches now surface Ms Elselehdar's name, thanks to coverage of the fake article.

Elselehdar studied at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt, where she became the first Egyptian woman to study in the Department of Maritime Transport and Technology.

Global supply chains were thrown into disarray when the 400-metre-long Ever Given ran aground in the canal on March 23, with specialist rescue teams taking nearly a week to free it after extensive dredging and repeated tugging operations. A year later, she was honoured by Egypt's president during Egypt's Women's Day celebrations, the BBC said.

Online rumours and fake news headlines blamed her for the Ever Given grounding, she told the BBC.

Multiple fake Twitter accounts were created in her name, which made it more hard for her to present the true story, she said.

"Also, it is worth mentioning that I became even more famous than before".

The Ever Given was costing the canal up to A$19 million a day when it was clogged. "But when you do what you love, it is not necessary for you to seek the approval of everyone", she said.

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