After spending nearly a week stuck in the Suez Canal, the Ever Given cargo ship finally sailed free this Monday. The massive 400-meter-long (1,312 foot) vessel had completely blocked the traffic on the waterway, resulting in trade losses of billions of dollars. So it getting freed was cheered by people all over the world. Google has now joined the party in its own unique way – with a hilarious search-related Easter egg.
A Google search for “Suez Canal” or “Ever Given” shows a parade of animated little boats floating across the top of the screen, just under the search bar. The Easter egg appears on both mobile and desktop versions of Google Search, including the mobile app. However, since these adorable animated boats won’t likely be sailing by in search results forever, go watch them while you can. The animations aren’t interactive, but it’s still a fun way to remind that the Ever Given cargo ship is sailing free again.
Google cheers the dislodging of Ever Given from the Suez Canal with an Easter egg
If you haven’t been living under the rocks for the past week or so, there’s a good chance that you heard or saw the news of the Ever Given cargo ship blocking the Suez Canal. The giant vessel got stuck on March 23rd, reportedly after it was knocked off course by strong winds. The ship was on its way from China to the Netherlands. It was carrying around 20,000 shipping containers, with a total estimated value of around $10 billion.
The Suez Canal, as you might already know, is an artificial sea-level waterway in Egypt. It is one of the most critical waterways in the world, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea. Opened in November 1869, the canal enables direct shipping between Europe and Asia. It reduces the journey distance from the Arabian Sea to London by approximately 8,900 kilometers (5,500 miles). Ships previously had to sail around Africa.
An estimated 12 percent of the world’s trade currently depends on the Suez Canal. So its blockage severely affected global supply chains, with estimated daily losses of between $12 million and $15 million. Hundreds of cargo ships were stranded on both ends of the canal, with some opting to go around Africa. The traffic jam was so huge that it was visible from space as well.
In the meantime, the whole saga has been the butt of all jokes. The internet is full of memes on the infamous vessel. There’s even an app that lets you place the Ever Given cargo ship anywhere in the world. Google’s quirky little Easter egg is another such fun take on this unfortunate Suez-Canal-Ever Given saga.
Nonetheless, the giant ship has been dislodged and traffic has resumed on the Suez Canal. We can only cheer for this news.