Ever Given undergoing inspections at Port Said

After a packed media send-off, the Ever Given headed north yesterday, arriving at Port Said in the evening where it anchored at the port’s outer limits.

The ship, which became lodged across the Suez Canal for six days in March sparking a huge legal tussle over compensation claims, remains at anchor this morning.

London-headquartered cargo claims specialist WK Webster reports that the Evergreen-operated vessel will undertake bottom cleaning, a dive survey and a further inspection by the vessel’s classification society, ABS.

“The inspections will concentrate on the damage to the vessel’s bow/hull as a result of the grounding along with any additional damage caused by the refloating operations,” WK Webster reported.

Upon completion of the inspections, Shoei Kisen, the ship’s owner, will determine if the vessel can proceed directly to its next port of call, Rotterdam or whether any conditions for the voyage will be imposed by class.

Once the vessel departs Port Said, it should take nine days to complete the voyage to Rotterdam and then it will continue onwards to other European destinations such as Felixstowe.

No details have been revealed on the size of the compensation package thrashed out between the Suez Canal Authority and Shoei Kisen.

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. The story continues, eh?

    “Subject to inspection” means the fat lady hasn’t sung … yet.

    I hope all goes well. But she ain’t left yet, in spite of media releases everywhere saying so. Anchored at Port Said (lovely place) means she is still within the grips of anyone who desires to cut another financial slice off this poor ship.

    “First line” at her Rotterdam berth will REALLY mean she’s done with it all.

    Thanks for another accurate assessment, Sam!

    1. Morning .
      Is it unreasonable to think, perhaps this Hull inspection. Could perhaps have been completed during the last 3 months. There are 10`s of thousands of small businesses (Including my own) who are desperate for the paid cargo , that is presently on your ship. We need those goods transported urgently. Please get everyone to do their job diligently and with all haste. I wish you well. John

      1. “Is it unreasonable to think, perhaps this Hull inspection. Could perhaps have been completed during the last 3 months.” Totally unreasonable. Why aren’t you bleating at the SCA which was responsible for the grounding and all of the delays? And the corrupt local courts?
        If this had been in the PRC the screams would have been unbearable, but not a murmer/murmur.

    2. Whilst i totally agree with your sentiment and the blatant blackmailing by the SCA, I doubt if Class would have allowed her to sail and therefore all insurance would be voided.
      Probably the worst part is that so called democratic governments allegedly dedicated to abolishing corruption said absolutely nothing (to the best of our knowledge), nor has the international media.

      1. As a shipper with goods onboard EverGiven I think it would be fair to expect better feedback of the inspection that is going on. We need to save our business relations and need information to plan for how much to compensate by airfreight to not create chaos for our customers. Are we sure it is inspection that remains or is it another ransome game played by SCA?

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