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Ship Blocks Suez Canal

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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Question 1:
What was the name of the ship that was stuck?
a Good Hope
b Ever Given
c Japanese-owned
d Suez Canal
Question 2:
How long was the ship stuck for?
a 7-10 days
b 14 days
c 369 days
d 6 days
Question 3:
How long is the Suez Canal?
a 369 km
b 193 km
c 400 m
d 9000 km
Question 4:
Which of these statements about the ship is NOT true?
a It is owned by a Japanese company
b It is called Good Hope
c It was stuck for 6 days in the Suez Canal
d It is 400m long
Question 5:
What happened as a result of the canal being closed?
a All ships travelled via the Cape of Good Hope
b Oil prices dropped
c Money was saved
d Oil prices rose
Question 6:
What was NOT used to rescue the ship?
a Aeroplanes
b 14 tugboats
c Excavators
d Dredgers
Question 7:
What did the Excavators and Dredgers move?
a Tens of billions of dollars in global trade
b Ships
c Oil
d Thousands of cubic meters of sand
Question 8:
If a ship goes around the Cape of Good Hope instead, which of these statements is NOT true:
a They will travel 9000km further
b It costs more for fuel
c It is quicker
d It will take 7-10 days longer
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