One of the world’s most important waterways has become blocked after a massive container ship ran aground during intense weather.
But people have been left in stitches after looking at the route taken by the huge ship – named Ever Given – before it became stuck in the Suez Canal.
The 224,000 tonnes, 400-metre long vessel appears to have been blown off course by high winds and a dust storm.
Before entering the canal, the ship appeared to plot a rather unfortunate course, causing some amusement online.
A researcher shared the discovery online, where they described it as “innocent, but terrible luck.”
John Scott-Railton tweeted: “OH NO: misfortune’s unerring aim touched #EVERGIVEN’s track as it departed the designated anchorage and steamed into the Canal. (innocent, but terrible luck).”
One person joked: “Guys, the captain of this Suez ship is a performance artist troll.”
Another asked: “Not just me seeing the giant c*** ‘n balls us it?”
A third added: “I can believe that was unintentional… but still darkly hilarious.”
An official from vesselfinder.com told Vice News that their tracking data was accurate, writing: “There is no room for some kind of conspiracies or false data.”
The vessel arrived in the Suez Canal on Monday night and eight tugboats are currently trying to dislodge it.
Julianne Cona, who is on the vessel behind, wrote on Instagram that the ship was stuck sideways yesterday.
She wrote on Instagram: “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.”
At midday on March 24, port agent GAC said the stranded ship had been partially refloated and moved alongside the canal bank.
About 12 per cent of the world’s trade volume passes through the canal, making it one of the world’s busiest waterways.