The container ship Ever Given, which got stuck in the Suez Canal in March, arrived in the Dutch port of Rotterdam after being released by authorities in Egypt.
- The vessel continued its voyage after a compensation settlement was reached
- The delay created one of the worst shipping jams seen in years
- Roughly 15 per cent of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal
The 400-metre vessel eased into the Amazonehaven container terminal on Thursday (local time), months later than originally planned.
The Panama-flagged vessel was heading for Rotterdam when it ploughed into the sandy bank of a single-lane stretch of the canal about 6 kilometres north of the southern entrance on March 23.
It jammed across the waterway in high winds, halted traffic in both directions and disrupted global trade.
Roughly 15 per cent of world shipping traffic transits the Suez Canal — the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
The delay then created one of the worst shipping jams seen in years.
A massive salvage effort by a flotilla of tugboats freed the skyscraper-sized vessel six days later, allowing the traffic jam of hundreds of ships to pass through.
But the Ever Given was held for over three months at the canal’s Great Bitter Lake amid a financial dispute.
It continued its voyage after the ship’s Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., reached a compensation settlement with canal authorities following weeks of negotiations and a court standoff.
The Suez Canal Authority had demanded $US916 million ($1.2 billion) in compensation to cover salvage efforts, reputational damage and lost revenue before publicly lowering the request to $US550 million ($731 million).
However, the final details of the agreement were not released.
The Dutch port said the vessel is expected to remain in Rotterdam until August 5, when it will head for the English port of Felixstowe.
The vessel was carrying about 18,300 containers.