Ever Given, the container cargo ship currently stuck in the Suez canal and costing the world’s economy tens of billions of dollars, has made it into every corner of the internet, every meme, and every joke imaginable (there’s even a web app now where you can add it to random places around the world). The natural next step is for it to start appearing in video games — and it looks like it’s already made it into Microsoft’s Flight Simulator.
Mat Veloso, Technical Advisor to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, re-shared a TikTok video of the stuck ship as seen through the pilot’s cabin in a Flight Simulator fly-by (via GeekWire). The original video was posted by TikTok user donut_enforcement.
Like everything else in Flight Simulator, the scene is gorgeous, and the pilot’s commentary is hilariously on point. “If you look on your left, we will see the Suez canal. This is where most of our world trade and cargo ships come through. (…) Oh geez. It appears they have a big problem,” the pilot says.
The Ever Given, which has been stuck in the Suez for five days, doesn’t appear in the standard version of the game, which relies on satellite imagery but isn’t updated daily. However, you can add it to the game via this add-on.
The good news about Ever Given is that it seems to have been partially unstuck, though it’s unclear when the normal traffic through the Suez will resume. One thing is certain, though — while the ship hasn’t delivered its cargo on time, it sure delivered the memes.