As the mega containership Ever Given remains stuck in the Suez Canal, ships are backing up on either end. With no clear end in sight to the grounding, some ships are taking the long way ’round, around the Cape of Good Hope, the southern tip of Africa.

While waiting is expensive, making the extra long trip around the bottom of Africa is expensive too, and dangerous, especially at this time of year. We’ll talk about what the risks are.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons – Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (near Cape Town). HDR composite from multiple exposures.