A giant container ship the length of four football pitches has become wedged across Egypt’s Suez Canal, blocking traffic in one of the world’s busiest trade routes.
Dozens of vessels are stuck, waiting for rescue boats to free the 400m-long (1,312ft) ship, which was knocked off course by strong winds.
Egypt has reopened the canal’s older channel to divert some traffic until the grounded ship can move again.
The mishap has created long tailbacks.
About 12% of global trade passes through the Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe.
The Ever Given, registered in Panama, was bound for the port city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands from China and was passing northwards through the canal on its way to the Mediterranean.
At 400m long and 59m wide, the ship has blocked the path of other vessels which are now trapped in lines in both directions.
While experts had warned it could take several days to resolve, shipping agent GAC said the ship had already been partially refloated and would resume its journey soon. There has been no official confirmation from the Suez Canal Authority.