The Suez Canal in Egypt was blocked on Tuesday by a large cargo ship that reportedly turned sideways due to heavy winds and blowing sand in the region.
The MV Ever Given regularly carries goods between Asia and Europe and was bound for the Netherlands.
Both the Taiwan-based company that owns the ship and an Egyptian official said the ship had become wedged against the walls of the canal in winds gusts of more than 30 miles per hour.
Update: Despite earlier reports that the ship had been freed, Egyptian authorities were still working to dislodge the ship's bow as of Friday, leading to a continued pileup of shipping vessels.
🔦 The Suez Canal, built in 1869, carries approximately 10% of the world's trade from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean.