On March 23, 2021, a ship travelling through the Suez Canal became jammed diagonally across the canal. The 400m long ship, called the Ever Given, was caught unexpectedly by high winds and got stuck in sand at the edge of the canal.
It took 6 days to rescue the Japanese-owned ship. Dredgers and excavators were used to move thousands of cubic meters of sand, and 14 tugboats were used to move the ship.
The canal was closed for 6 days and at least 369 vessels were left waiting to transit the 193km canal. This represented tens of billions of dollars in global trade. Oil prices rose as ships transporting oil were delayed.
Many other ships decided to take the longer route around the Cape of Good Hope. This diversion adds 9000km to their journey, takes 7-10 days longer and costs a lot more in fuel.
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What was the name of the ship that was stuck?
a Suez Canal
b Good Hope
c Ever Given
How long was the ship stuck for?
a 6 days
b 7-10 days
c 369 days
d 14 days
How long is the Suez Canal?
a 369 km
b 193 km
c 9000 km
d 400 m
Which of these statements about the ship is NOT true?
a It is called Good Hope
b It is owned by a Japanese company
c It is 400m long
d It was stuck for 6 days in the Suez Canal
What happened as a result of the canal being closed?
a Oil prices dropped
b Money was saved
c Oil prices rose
d All ships travelled via the Cape of Good Hope
What was NOT used to rescue the ship?
b 14 tugboats
What did the Excavators and Dredgers move?
b Thousands of cubic meters of sand
d Tens of billions of dollars in global trade
If a ship goes around the Cape of Good Hope instead, which of these statements is NOT true:
a It is quicker
b They will travel 9000km further
c It will take 7-10 days longer
d It costs more for fuel
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