Photos: a record-breaking number of ships sailed through the Suez Canal in 2021, including the redemptive return of the 'Ever Given'
More ships sailed through The Suez Canal this year than ever before.
The record number comes amid supply-chain chaos, the coronavirus pandemic, and the Ever Given's 6-day grounding.
See the massive ships that made it through, including the Ever Given's larger sibling, "Ever Ace."
A total of 20,694 ships traveled through The Suez Canal this year, the SCA's chairman announced on Sunday.
The record-breaking feat defies a year riddled with supply-chain chaos, the pandemic, and of course, the Ever Given's dramatic 6-day blocking of the canal.
Among the tens of thousands of ships that made it through the Suez Canal this year was the recently repaired Ever Given and its even-larger sibling, Ever Ace.
In a tale of redemption, the Ever Given successfully journeyed through the canal four months after it blocked the global waterway in March 2021.
The successful voyage was fantastic news for the global shipping industry — the Ever Given saga cost the global economy an estimated $400 million per hour.
In October, it was spotted in Qingdao, China, as its underwent repairs.
Photos revealed how six days stuck inside the canal destroyed the ship's famous red "bulbous bow."
More than 1 million cubic feet of sand and mud had to be removed from around the ship as workers worked round-the-clock to dislodge both the bow and stern.
In November, photos showed the repaired bow with a fresh coat of paint at a shipyard in China's Shandong Province.
Soon, the Ever Given reappeared on shipping schedules and began transporting freight between Europe and Asia once again — just in time for holiday shipping surges.
The "mega" container ship is larger than the Titanic and longer than the Empire State Building is high, but its new sibling is even bigger.
Meet Ever Ace: the world's largest container ship. According to American Bureau of Shipping records, the two ships are the same length, but the Ever Ace is wider and deeper.
The Ever Ace is an Evergreen A-class, which can hold up to 23,992 cargo units. This is up from the 20,124 cargo units that the Ever Given, which is an Evergreen G-class ship, can carry.
The Ever Ace made its maiden voyage this summer, sailing through The Suez Canal for the first time on August 28, 2021.
Eleven other mega container ships are being built in the make of the Ever Ace, three of which could become operational this year.
"Mega" container ships like these have more than doubled in size over the past decade to keep up with global trade demand.
The vessels' larger-than-life size is contributing to the supply-chain crisis that's caused record-breaking backlogs at US ports, Kip Louttit, executive director of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, told Insider.
Egypt's Suez Canal Authority announced plans to widen and deepen the waterway in May to help prevent future container ships from getting stuck.
The deepening project will likely be complete in July 2023, Bloomberg reported.
SCA Chairman Osama Rabie said even more ships are expected to pass through the canal next year due to increased ship production, according to the outlet.
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