The container ship blocked the Suez Canal for six days and finally reached the port of Rotterdam
The giant container ship ‘Ever Given’ has finally arrived in Rotterdam this Thursday, four months after having blocked the Suez Canal, a crossing point for around 10% of world trade. The 400-meter ship with a 200,000-ton capacity entered the European port at around 3 a.m., according to an AFP journalist.
“It was a great relief to see it and a special moment,” Hans Nagtegaal, container manager for the port of Rotterdam, told AFP. “Finally, we can do the unloading work and hopefully get it back into a normal browsing routine,” he added. The ‘Ever Given’ will remain in Rotterdam until Monday, when it will set sail for Felixstowe, in the United Kingdom, before sailing to a dry dock in Dunkirk, France, where it will undergo further tests, Nagtegaal explained.
The ship ran aground in Suez at the end of March and the traffic jam blocked each day the passage of shipments estimated at 9.6 billion dollars between Asia and Europe.
The giant ship, which had blocked the Suez Canal for six days at the end of March, finally sailed again three weeks ago, after 100 days of immobilization and the signing of a confidential compensation agreement between the Egyptian authorities and the Japanese owner of the ship. vessel. The container ship had wedged its bow on the east bank of the inland waterway on March 23, putting itself through the channel and blocking all circulation on the crucial sea lane.
The withdrawal operations lasted six days and required more than a dozen tugs, as well as dredges to dig the bottom of the canal. The ‘Ever Given’ was then directed to the great Amer Lake, in the center of the canal, by the Egyptian authorities, who demanded compensation from the shipowner for the loss of profits during the incident, the cost of the rescue and the damage caused to the canal. .
Cairo had initially claimed $ 916 million, before revising the figure down to $ 600 and then $ 550 million, but the final amount is the subject of tough negotiations. According to the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), Egypt lost between $ 12 million and $ 15 million per day of closure. In April, the maritime data company Lloyd’s List estimated that the blockade of the Suez Canal blocked the passage of cargoes estimated at $ 9.6 billion each day between Asia and Europe.