Saturday, April 13, 2024


Evergreen Marine’s giant container ship Ever Given, which ran aground and blocked the Suez Canal last week, was bound for a British port. It had been due to dock at Rotterdam by 31 March and then the Landguard Terminal at Felixstowe on 6 April.

Salvage experts have now partially refloated the offending ship but haven’t moved it to clear the navigation channel fully yet, while they check for damage. Other maritime operators had already begun to divert vessels on Asia-Europe passages around Africa’s Cape of Good Hope, adding about 3500 miles and up to 12 days to the voyage. There is also an enormous queue of shipping still waiting in the Red Sea to transit the canal.

As yet, it’s unknown whether the Ever Given cargo of up to 20,000 TE containers, which would have been loaded at a Far Eastern hub such as Singapore, includes consignments of motorcycles destined for European or UK supply chains. There will certainly be bikes on some of the other delayed container carriers.


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