Ever Given: Finally Underway
We reported on the Ever Given getting stuck in the Suez Canal back in April. Only now, after months at anchor in the Bitter Lakes area of the Canal, the vessel is finally set to resume its passage to Rotterdam this week.
"Following the conclusion of a formal agreement with the Suez Canal Authority, the vessel and its crew have departed The Great Bitter Lake in the Suez Canal," confirmed the shipowner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha.
The Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV), still carrying more than 18,000 containers, is due to undergo safety checks at Port Said, Egypt. It will then continue sailing towards the Port of Rotterdam. The next call will be at the Port of Felixstowe in the United Kingdom, where it will offload its containers.
The 20,388 teu Ever Given ran aground at the southern end of the Canal on 23 March, blocking the waterway for six days. There was no loss of cargo or any pollution as a consequence, but around 400 vessels were delayed. This has had a significant knock-on effect with both cost and disruption to service throughout the industry.
Neither side has yet disclosed the amount of compensation
Neither side has yet disclosed the amount of compensation. However, estimates place the figure at more than $146m and less than $550m, those being the final two public offers and demands by the two sides in the issue.
We pride ourselves on how proactive we are in this industry but unfortunately, when it comes to insurance and the blame culture in general, taking ownership is a long game.