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Suez Canal container ship incident a reminder of global trade's vulnerabilities

Work is under way to free the 220,000-tonne Ever Given container ship.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Just when global sea shipments seem to be starting to flow again, an event at the key Suez Canal literally and figuratively threatens to put a choke-hold on global trade flows.

Fortunately, work is under way to free the 220,000-tonne Ever Given container ship, which became stuck on both sides of the canal after heavy winds forced it to drift sideways, effectively blocking the 205m-wide waterway.

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