Title

How the Ever Given exposed the fragility of global supply chains

Document Type

Article

Rights

This item is available under a Creative Commons License for non-commercial use only

Disciplines

Business and Management.

Publication Details

https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2021/0406/1208101-ever-given-suez-canal-blockage/

Abstract

When the Ever Given blocked one of the world's busiest maritime trade routes for a week, it also exposed the fragility of global supply chains to many. For nearly a week, the Ever Given, a 400m long container ship, was wedged across the Suez Canal. Over 360 vessels were stopped. The incident received worldwide media coverage and triggered rare public interest in maritime transport. Ever Given inspired memes filled the timelines. This article explores wider supply chain issues that were unraveled by the incident and the learnings we should not let be forgiven and forgotten.


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