Apart from a single vessel (you can probably guess which), the Suez canal is empty. There are plenty of vessels queuing.

Suez canal with only Ever Given leftThere are plenty of vessels waiting

Why? Is it closed for travel?

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    @HagenvonEitzen No, the Suez canal operator doesn't allow further passage through the rest of the canal, because they are seeking damages for lost revenue (the ship has been removed from one canal portion and is now located in the middle of the canal in the Great Bitter Lake).
    – dunni
    Apr 5 '21 at 10:11
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    I would suppose that it was necessary to keep ship traffic out while the banks of the canal were repaired and the channel was dredged to the proper depth. @dunni insurance and liability claims take months to years to resolve. There is little reason to stop operating the canal while pursuing other parties for compensation.
    – phoog
    Apr 5 '21 at 12:39
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    It’s worth remembering that the canal operates using a convoy system. There’s one southbound and one northbound convoys each day, starting at 3:30 and 4:00 respectively. If you look at the wrong time, the convoys may have already reached their destination (about 12 to 15 hours later) and the next ones not started yet. Also the deadline to join a convoy is 23:00. suezcanal.gov.eg/English/Navigation/Pages/NavigationSystem.aspx At what time did you capture the traffic in your pictures?
    – jcaron
    Apr 5 '21 at 13:00
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    I’m voting to close this question because it does not appear to be about travel in the scope defined in the help center.
    – choster
    Apr 5 '21 at 14:05
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    @phoog I didn't mean that they closed the whole canal, i meant that they don't allow the Ever Given to proceed further because of liability claims.
    – dunni
    Apr 5 '21 at 19:39

@jcaron seems to be on point.

The canal operates using a convoy system: A southbound staring at 03:30 and a northbound starting at 04:00.

So at 03:30 the canal is likely to be empty, and looking at the canal later confirms you can travel through it.

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