Suez Canal Ever Given blockage holding up Ducati motorcycles

The Ever Given freighter has been blocking the Suez Canal for six days now and is holding up 100,000s of tonnes of cargo

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SINCE grounding on a sand bank in the Suez Canal last week, the Ever Given has been blamed for holding up an estimated £7bn worth of goods every day, with motorcycles and parts of bikes making up a portion of that total.

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One such brand feeling the pinch thanks to the ‘technical or human' error is Ducati, who is currently shipping bikes out to the lucrative Asian market using the Suez Canal. There is no official number indicating the number of bikes and parts prevented from passing through the route, although Omnimoto reports that a Ducati spokesperson said, “We have goods in transit that probably will not respect the estimated delivery time due to the Suez accident, but to date, we have no news of an impact on the production lines”.

The Suez Canal is a vital link between Europe and the East, carrying around 10 percent of the world’s trade flowing through the narrow passage. Some 19,000 vessels passed through the route last year, with the blockage wreaking havoc across the shipping industry globally.

The Suez reduces the journey distance from the Arabian Sea to London by 5,500 miles, with the alternative being to circumnavigate the African continent.

Breaking | Suez Canal blockage – The Ever Given has been re-floated

News has just come in that the Ever Given has now been re-floated and the Suez Canal controllers are awaiting the tide to turn so that the ship can be moved and freight can once again begin to pass through.

It’s not going to be a quick fix though, the backlog of ships at both ends of the canal will take a significant amount of time to be passed through.