In Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Ever Given is still stuck in the Suez Canal


In Microsoft Flight Simulator, the Ever Given is still stuck in the Suez Canal
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The 200,000-ton cargo ship that blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week may be free, but if you want a firsthand look at how the Ever Given caused a global shipping crisis, all you need is a copy of Microsoft Flight Simulator and a couple of free mods.

Flight Simulator offers near photo-realistic views of Earth from the cockpits of more than two dozen planes, but blocked canals and maritime traffic jams aren't part of the base game. For that, you'll need to pick up the free Suez Traffic Jam mod from Flightsim.to, as well as the Global AI Ship Traffic and Dave's Crooked Library mods. Add all three to your game, and you'll be able to fly over the maritime shipping crisis for yourself, complete with a ship representing the stuck Ever Given, all the ships parked in the Suez Gulf waiting for it to get unstuck and even the excavators trying to clear the canal.

It's a sight to behold from the sky, but technically the ship in this mod is a generic shipping vessel rather than the Ever Given itself. If you want a more accurate stuck freighter, you can have it in the form of the Ever Given Landmark add-on or the Partially Refloated Ever Given Ship MOD. Each offers a slightly different interpretation of the historic event.

Thankfully, in real life, the Ever Given seems to have been freed, leaving Microsoft's Flight Simulator the only place where this crisis still exists. That's probably for the best.