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Video of vessels shot in Bangladesh, not Oklahoma or Suez Canal

October 6, 2021 GMT

CLAIM: Video shows oil tankers backed up in Oklahoma.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The video was filmed during a flight in Bangladesh in February.

THE FACTS: On Monday, an aerial video showing dozens of vessels floating idle on a waterway circulated on Twitter with multiple false claims.

A parody account wrote that the video was recently filmed in Oklahoma: “This is how many oil tankers are backed up near the port of Thackerville, Oklahoma (via the Red River.) Huge backlog,” the post stated, receiving more than 300,000 views. Despite the claim’s origins in a parody post, many who shared and reacted to it appeared to think it was real.

Some users wrote that the video showed ships waiting to enter the Suez Canal during a maritime traffic jam in March, which is also false.

The video was shot in Bangladesh in February. A LinkedIn user posted the video weeks before the Suez traffic jam, noting it was captured during a domestic flight from the port city of Chittagong to Dhaka, the capital, on Feb. 23.

The LinkedIn caption stated: “Fascinating site witnessed early hours yesterday while on a short flight from Port City Chittagong to Dhaka .... because of current global context and due to less bb imports most of lighter barges become unemployed and anchored. for sure they are not maintaining social distances as it appears!”

Social media users shared the same video widely in March with inaccurate claims that it showed ships waiting to enter the Suez Canal when a giant ship got stuck sideways.

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This is part of AP’s effort to address widely shared misinformation, including work with outside companies and organizations to add factual context to misleading content that is circulating online. Learn more about fact-checking at AP.