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This World: Why Ships Crash airs Tues 18 Jan on BBC Two

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Why Ships Crash: On 23 March 2021, the Ever Given – one of the largest container ships ever built – ploughed into the sandy bank of the Suez Canal, blocking the entire waterway.

It stopped all traffic in one of the most important shipping lanes in the world for almost a week, causing a ‘ship jam’ of over 300 vessels, and delaying deliveries of billions of pounds of vital food, fuel, and medical supplies. The disruption to the global supply chain lasted for many months.

How did such an advanced ship crash in one of the most closely monitored shipping lanes in the world? How did a team of engineers free the ship in just six days? And who – or what – is to blame?

Using never-before seen footage, testimony from witnesses speaking for the very first time, and expert analysis, this investigation aims to uncover the inside story of the Ever Given accident. And with over 2500 shipping incidents a year, this film also asks if this was just a freak accident, or whether it reveals a serious weakness in the world’s critical supply chain.

Airdate: Tuesday 18 January 2022 at 9.00pm on BBC Two.