A puny yellow digger pushing sadly against the gigantic unbudgeable tanker, it was the ship that launched a thousand memes. The visual was just too good.
Beyond the hilarity, however, many were tearing their hair out. Stoppering the Suez Canal - said to have held up an estimated $9.6bn (£7bn) in trade per day - was really only a part of the larger shipping container crisis, which has caused a fundamental disruption in global trade.
As a result, costs to transport goods via shipping lanes have skyrocketed.
Deutsche Welle reports that a standard shipment, typically priced at around £700 can now cost around £7,000 or more. Procter & Gamble said they have seen an added £432m added to the company’s cost this year, with inflation levels reminiscent of the European debt crisis.
Should businesses make plans to outlast the current supply and labour problems - or make longer-term structural changes, seeking greater resilience in the face of an uncertain future?
Businesses have this to contend with, as well as the ongoing fallout of Brexit, which has made things more expensive, delayed and created a bureaucracy that is harder to navigate. The current situation is untenable for the greater share of businesses.
It isn’t simply a rhetorical question - some businesses, especially larger businesses who sell in different regions, will probably elect to push through. They can do so by, for instance, compensating with savings in other parts of the business. They may also seek alternative suppliers: air or rail freight.
For others, including small and medium-sized businesses, it may be worth considering looking towards local suppliers and labour.
As for the lack of lorry and van drivers in the UK, British business may also be in the position of seeking local labour.
This has its own challenges. Transporting goods is seen as an underpaid, male-dominated, and boring profession.
In order to reach the necessary workforce, businesses will need to invest: to fund training, conversion for HGV (heavy goods vehicle) licenses for trained drivers and to encourage women to undertake training.
The shipping crisis is the result of a perfect storm of situations, and is unlikely to resolve in the near term. Even if it does, confidence in the global supply chain will take time to recover. Businesses that are in a position to do so may want to look closer to home for an answer to the supply chain headache. There are certainly advantages to doing so.