Traffic at Egypt’s Suez Canal, one of the world’s busiest trade routes, returned back to normal after being hampered by a stranded container ship for a whole week. Peter Berdowski, CEO of Dutch salvage company Boskalis, said the Ever Given had been refloated, “thereby making free passage through the Suez Canal possible again”. It blocked the shipping route between Europe and Asia. As authorities worked day in and day out to find a way to clear the passage, the cargo ship surprisingly made its way to the Microsoft Flight Simulator. A video originally shared on the video-sharing application TikTok, featured a view from the cockpit of a plane flying above the Suez Canal.
Cargo ship stuck in Microsoft Flight Simulator pic.twitter.com/SczumWI5mD
— Mat Velloso (@matvelloso) March 28, 2021
In the clip, the captain of the aircraft can be overheard telling the passengers aboard about the busy water body, which plays host to most of the world’s trade and cargo ships, serving as one of the longest-used routes for decades. The captain then spots the stranded ship and says, “And it appears we have a stuck cargo ship,” before taking the aircraft around the scene.
That's just amazing 🤣
— Dr Frank (@DrFrank360) March 29, 2021
Have you added it as a scenery or was it there thanks to marine traffic add-on?
— Andrei Menshenin ✈️ (@A_Menshenin) March 28, 2021
that was the first tiktok video that made sense to me
— Martina Grom ☁️ #mvpsummit (@magrom) March 28, 2021
Am I the only one that sees a small excavator at the front of the ship?
— Prashanth K S (@ksprashu) March 29, 2021
It’s fake, probably an add-on. Just tested…
— Christoph👨💻☀️ (@cldrr) March 28, 2021
it is, but it's a hilarious addon lol. https://t.co/OnwlXETDwg
— Panyito (@CachesMR) March 28, 2021
The 52-second clip was reshared on Twitter by Microsoft technical advisor Mat Velloso along with a caption that read, “Cargo ship stuck in Microsoft Flight Simulator.” After the video went viral, it garnered more than 2 lakh views and a bevy of reactions on Twitter. “That’s just amazing,” a user commented on Velloso’s post. Another questioned in disbelief, “Have you added it as a scenery or was it there thanks to marine traffic add-on?” One more penned, “That was the first TikTok video that made sense to me.” An engineer inquired, “Am I the only one that sees a small excavator at the front of the ship?” A user wrote, “It’s fake, probably an add-on. Just tested,” while another noted, “It’s a hilarious add-on.”