Container ship stuck in Suez Canal blocks shipping

The grounding of a massive container ship in Egypt's Suez Canal on Tuesday is raising concerns that global shipping may be hampered, as efforts to restore navigation have reportedly yet to bear fruit.

The ship got stranded on its way from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean after being hit by a dust storm. The vessel is owned by Shoei Kisen in western Japan and operated by Taiwan's Evergreen Marine Corp.

The operator released a statement, saying that "gusting winds of 30 knots caused the container ship to deviate from its course, suspectedly leading to the grounding."

More than 100 ships remain idled, unable to enter or pass through the canal.

The container ship measures 400 meters long.

The Suez Canal Authority dispatched tugboats to move the vessel. On Wednesday, digger boats were deployed to remove sand and rock grounding the vessel.

The Suez Canal is a key cargo waterway, with more than 18,000 vessels navigating through it each year.