Published on 26 March 2021
These images, acquired by the Copernicus Sentinel-1A and Sentinel-1B radar satellites on 24 and 25 March 2021, show more than 110 ships moored and waiting to transit through the Suez Canal (while 69 are anchored before the Mediterranean Sea) after it had been closed due to the stranding of the Ever Given container ship.
As these Copernicus Sentinel-1 images show, despite the efforts that have been made to clear the canal since 23 March 2021, the Ever Given remains grounded, and the number of ships waiting south of Suez has increased from 78 to 110 in just one day.
Experts estimate that this partial blockage of the Suez Canal is causing a loss of more than 9 billion dollars per day. According to Peter Berdowski, CEO of Boskalis, the Dutch company working to free Ever Given, it may take weeks for regular transit through the canal to be restored.
Synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) open data collected by the Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellites can serve as an instrumental resource to monitor ship routes and port movements.