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(Hoek van Holland) The giant container ship Ever Given finally arrived in Rotterdam on Thursday, four months after the Suez Canal was blocked, a crossroads for around 10% of world trade.
Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 7:35 am
The 400-meter ship with a capacity of 200,000 tons entered the European port around 3 a.m. GMT (10 p.m. EST), noted an AFP journalist.
“It was a great relief to see him and a special moment,” said Hans Nagtegaal, Container Manager in the Port of Rotterdam.
“We can finally do the unloading job and hopefully get back to a normal boat routine,” he told AFP.
The Ever Given will stay in Rotterdam until Monday, then she will hoist anchor for Felixstowe, UK, before sailing to a dry dock in Dunkirk, France, where she will undergo additional testing, Nagtegaal said.
The giant ship, which blocked the Suez Canal for six days at the end of March, was 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 Das Schiff.
On March 23, the container ship sank its bow into the east side of the waterway, was in the way of the canal and blocked all traffic on the important sea route.
The clearing work lasted six days and required more than ten tugs and dredges to dig the bottom of the canal.
The Ever Given was then directed by the Egyptian authorities to the great Amer Lake in the middle of the canal, who demanded compensation from the shipowner for the loss of earnings during the incident, the cost of rescue or damage to the canal.
Cairo initially asked for $ 916 million (around € 767 million), then revised it to $ 600, then to $ 550 million, but the final amount is subject to tough negotiations.
According to the SCA, Egypt 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 daily passage of cargo between Asia and Europe, valued at $ 9.6 billion.