+ Suez Transit Dossier and Musings +
If i was crafty and timely, woulda shared these snaps a few weeks when Ever Given was blocking up the flow of the Suez Canal (yeah you saw this…) i had/have a lot to say about it all and well, lot of more important things to do (nursery school!) so just didn’t get to it, but today is now, so:
- Suez isn’t “squared off” with tidy concrete walls and locks
- Was dug mostly by hand/buckets
- Ships assemble caravans at either end and go very slow
- Winds are weird (really) which makes mishaps not shocking and coordination important.
- Don’t start with the Egyptian pilots!
Let’s begin our transit in the “staging area”… (note captions and annotations)
Local Traffic amongst the behemoths
Importantly, the canal is active with local ferries darting back and forth between lumbering giants. The sides are so close you can wave to folks (of course i did) and the ships in-front/behind are also so close and don’t have brakes.