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Ever Given docks in Rotterdam

Nearly four months later than scheduled, the 20,388 teu Ever Given docked at the port of Rotterdam at around 05.00 local time today.

Carrying more than 18,000 containers, the ship will spend till Monday offloading around half of its contents before carrying onto Felixstowe in the UK to disembark the remainder of the hugely delayed containers. Shippers have had to pay extra to get their boxes as general average was declared months ago.

Once all the containers have been removed the ship will be taken out of service and will undergo a full inspection ahead of likely repairs.

The Shoei Kisen-owned vessel came to worldwide attention in March when it grounded and blocked the Suez Canal for six days. The ship was then arrested and it spent many weeks in the Great Bitter Lake as a compensation claim was negotiated.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. …………..20,388 teu Ever Given docked at the port of Rotterdam …………Carrying more than 18,000 containers?
    How can a 20,388 TEU ship be carrying more than 18,000 containers when most of the visible units are 40’s??????
    My suggestion is that this vessel is carrying around 10,000 containers.
    Common sense? A commodity that is not commonly available.

    1. I totally agree. Seems like nonsense to just count every 40′ as two 20′. but I guess that has been practiced for ages and ppl won’t change

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