Container ship Ever Given will arrive in the Port of Rotterdam on 28 July. The ship, which became world-famous in March when it ran aground and blocked the Suez Canal, will stay a few days to (un)load containers. After that, the ship will set sail for Felixstowe, England.
After the Ever Given was refloated at the end of March, the ship was detained for months. During that period, the Japanese shipowner Shoei Kisen Kaisha and the Suez Canal authority were in dispute over compensation. Allegedly, USD 540 million and a new tugboat were deemed sufficient to let the ship go.
The container ship only left the Suez Canal last week. It then lay at anchor for a few days near Port Saïd. At the beginning of this week, the ship continued its journey to Rotterdam.
The Panamanian-flagged Ever Given ran into a sandstorm in the southern part of the Suez Canal on 23 March. This caused the ship, which is one of the largest container ships in the world, to ground thereby blocking the Canal. After six days, the Ever Given was refloated, but by then hundreds of ships on both sides were already stuck in traffic jams.
Picture by the Suez Canal Authority.