The Suez’s Blockage and the Long History of Maritime Capitalism

Published March 31st, 2021 - 10:30 GMT
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Ever Given container ship stuck in Suez Canal. (Photo: AFP/Ritzau Scanpix)
The saga of Ever Given, the cargo ship that blocked the Suez Canal for 6 days before being refloated on Monday, brings new attention to the often ignored central place of the seas and oceans for global capitalism.  Laden vessels unable to transport goods to Europe produced by low-paid workers in the Global South is said to have cost the global economy approximately $60bn.  Whilst the Ever Given bought the machine to a halt, I thought it would be a good opportunity to draw attenti

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