Finally ! At around 5 a.m. on Thursday, the giant container ship Ever Given finally arrived in port, that of Rotterdam. Four months after blocking the Suez Canal, a crossing point for around 10% of world trade. The 400-meter vessel with a capacity of 200,000 tonnes had been embedded in the Suez Canal for six days at the end of March. Three weeks ago, he was back on the road, after 100 days of detention and the signing of a confidential compensation agreement between the Egyptian authorities and the Japanese owner of the vessel. This arrival at the Dutch port was particularly awaited.
“It was a great relief to see him and a special moment,” said Hans Nagtegaal, Container Manager at the Port of Rotterdam.
“Finally, we can do the unloading job and hopefully get it back to a normal sailing routine,” he added.
The Ever Given will remain in Rotterdam until Monday, when it weighs anchor for its trip to Felixstowe, UK, before sailing to a dry dock in Dunkirk, France, where it will undergo further examinations. , explained the container manager.
Blockage in the Suez Canal, an economic disaster
A significant part of world trade was impacted by the blocking of Ever Given last March.
The clearance operations lasted six days and required more than ten tugs, as well as dredges to dig the bottom of the canal.
The Egyptian authorities were quick to claim compensation from the shipowner, for the loss of earnings during the incident, the cost of the rescue or the damage caused to the canal.
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More precisely, Cairo had initially claimed 916 million dollars (approximately 767 million euros), before revising several times these claims down to 550 million dollars. Egypt is said to have lost $ 12 to $ 15 million per day of closure. In April, maritime data company Lloyd's List estimated that the blockade of the Suez Canal prevented the passage of cargoes estimated at $ 9.6 billion (€ 8 billion) between Asia and Europe on a daily basis. . The final amount of compensation is still the subject of tough negotiations.