Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after sailing through Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt August 20, 2021. Suez Canal Authority/Handout via REUTERS

Empty Ever Given Returns to Suez Canal, Transiting Without Incident

Mike Schuler
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August 20, 2021

The Ever Given made its return to the Suez Canal on Friday on its backhaul voyage to Asia.

AIS as of 11 a.m. EDT shows Ever Given cleared from Canal waters in the Red Sea and making about 7.2 knots.

The 20,000 TEU capacity ship is sailing empty, having unloaded all of its cargo at European ports – the last call being Felixstowe. It’s been reported that the ship is in need of repairs, but it’s unclear where exactly she is currently headed.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said Ever Given was among a convoy of 26 vessels and sailed through the Canal with a group of SCA pilots on board and two tugs.

The Ever Given became one of the world’s most famous ship earlier this year after becoming wedged in the Suez Canal back in March, effectively shutting the critical waterway to maritime commerce for six days. After being held for months amid a compensation dispute, she finally departed Egyptian waters headed to Rotterdam in July after an undisclosed settlement was reached between Suez Canal Authority and the Japanese ship owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha.

With Ever Given’s passage through Suez Canal now complete, the next time we’ll see her she’ll likely be full of cargo and headed back to Suez.

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