The container ship Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal for six days and was then detained by Egypt for about 100 days, has arrived in Rotterdam.
The ship will remain in Europe’s largest port until early August. That’s how long it takes to unload the cargo. Then it goes back to Felixstowe in England.
In addition to baby books, the Ever Given had quite a diverse load on board: 110 containers with furniture for Ikea, bicycle parts produced in China for Specialized and Canyon, among others, oak floorboards, edibles such as noodles and coconut milk, all kinds of clothing ranging from socks to baby blankets and also a several ten thousand solar panels.
The Ever Given sank into the bank of the Suez Canal on March 23. The 400 meter long ship with more than 18,000 containers on board was en route from Asia to Rotterdam and Felixstowe. Like a giant cork, the container ship blocked one of the world’s busiest waterways for six days.
A total of 422 ships with a cargo of 26 million tons were blocked. An estimated 15 percent of total world trade passes through the Suez Canal.
Shoei Kisen Kaisha, the Japanese owner of the container ship Ever Given, expects to face hundreds or thousands of claims for damages.