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Data: Keyhole; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The ship stuck in the Suez Canal brought a change of pace to the news cycle last week, with an estimated 1.8 million social media posts and 25 billion potential impressions, according to data from Keyhole.

Why it matters: After a prolonged period of domestic turmoil — COVID, polarized politics, a racial reckoning, an insurrection and a crisis at the border, the internet rallied around a common cause: freeing the boat.

By the numbers: Social media activity around the stuck boat surpassed other major topics last week, including the migrant crisis, March Madness and debate about the filibuster.

Between the lines: While the incident had major ramifications for the global economy, much of the online activity was lighthearted and meme-driven.

  • Google even added an animation of parading boat emojis above the search results for queries about the Suez Canal.

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Massive container ship freed from Suez Canal

A tugboat attempting to refloat the "Ever Given" in the Suez Canal on March 26. Photo: Samuel Mohsen/picture alliance via Getty Images)

Rescuers fully dislodged the "Ever Given" from the banks of the Suez Canal on Monday, sending the skyscraper-sized container ship on its way after six days of drama that paralyzed the vital shipping route, according to canal authorities.

Why it matters: The massive maritime traffic jam wreaked havoc on global trade and resulted in one of the largest ship salvage operations in modern history.

Updated Mar 29, 2021 - Economy & Business

Suez update: Ship finally freed

Rescue vessels work at the site of the stuck container ship Ever Given on the Suez Canal. Photo: Xinhua/Ahmed Gomaa via Getty Images

Rescue teams on Monday fully freed the "Ever Given" container ship that's been stuck in the Suez Canal for a week, hours after partially refloating the skyscraper sized vessel.

Go deeper: Read the full story

Maersk: Suez impact on global trade could take months to unravel

Photo: AFP via Getty Images

Maersk, the world's largest container shipping company, said in an advisory on Monday that the "ripple effects" from the six-day blockage of the Suez Canal by a massive cargo ship has triggered a series of disruptions to global trade that could "take weeks, possibly months, to unravel."

The state of play: The Ever Given had been partially refloated as of Monday morning, but not yet fully dislodged. Maersk said that it's too early to say when the Suez will be cleared for operations again, but that it could take at least six days for its current queue of ships to pass through.