by John Konrad (gCaptain) The mega-sized containership M/V Ever Given arrived in the Dutch Port of Rotterdam early Thursday after being released by authorities in Egypt.
The ship was scheduled to dock at Rotterdam’s ECT Delta terminal for unloading until Aug. 3 before departing for Felixstowe, England, the port said.
It arrives four months late, however, for many of the owners of the cargo on board. The ship is laden with goods estimated to be worth over $700 million. Some of the cargo includes flat-pack furniture giant IKEA as well as Europe-bound apparel shipments for Tommy Hilfiger- and Calvin Klein-owner PVH Corp. and U.S. footwear maker Nike Inc., according to maritime tracking data.
The ship got stuck in the canal in high winds on March 23, halting traffic in both directions and disrupting global trade.
About 15% of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal, the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
The 400-meter (1,312-foot) vessel, which is carrying about 18,300 containers, departed Egypt 22 days ago, 106 days after becoming stuck in the southern section of the waterway.
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