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Unblocking the Suez canal

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The gigantic cargo ship Ever Given blocked the world’s busiest shipping lane for a week. Guardian reporter Michael Safi looks at what the costly nautical traffic jam tells us about global trade The Suez canal, built in 1869, is a 120-mile strip of water that has been called a ‘ditch in the desert’. Nearly 20,000 ships pass through it a year, so when the Ever Given, one of the biggest vessels ever built, became wedged last week and blocked it, global trade through the canal ground to a halt. The Guardian international correspondent
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