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The Ever Given, the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in Egypt back in March, finally reached the UK four months later than originally planned.

Arriving at the port of Felixstowe yesterday, it drew a crowd of spectators who watched the docking of the now notorious vessel.

The Ever Given became stuck for six days in the Suez Canal, causing major congestion along one of the world’s busiest shipping routes.

The 400-metre long ship, with a gross tonnage of over 220,000 tonnes, was finally freed from the embankment after tugs and dredgers were used to dig out sand and mud and wrench the vessel from the shoreline.

Port of Felixstowe
Credit: Matthew Cassidy

After being moved to a waiting area, Egyptian authorities then held the vessel for months amid a compensation dispute with the ship’s Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd.

The crew were forced to remain on the ship for the duration, raising welfare concerns.

The Suez Canal Authority originally demanded $916 million in compensation, which was reduced after industry backlash, though the final settlement has not been disclosed.

Before reaching the UK, the Ever Given was inspected at Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, and is bound for Hamburg next.

Source: The Guardian

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