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Ever Given finally docks in Felixstowe after blocking Suez Canal in Egypt and becoming embroiled in a high stakes stand-off




Hundreds of people watched on as the container ship which blocked global trade and became embroiled in a high stakes standoff finally docked in Suffolk.

The 400 metre long Ever Given docked at the Port of Felixstowe, ready to unload its containers, 119 days later than planned after it became stuck in the Suez Canal in Egypt.

Hundreds of people watched the 200,000 tonne ship, which became the centre of global media attention as it blocked the vital shipping canal which links Europe with Asia, finally arrive.

Last night it was seen anchored in the North Sea, before this morning making its way around Landguard Point and docking at the major port.

It's arrival at Felixstowe marks the end of a chapter for the container ship, which had become embroiled in a standoff between the Egyptian authorities and the ship owners.

Hundreds of ships were delayed as they waited for the canal to be unblocked and some vessels were forced to take the much longer route around the southern tip of Africa.

The Ever Given docking at the Port of Felixstowe. Picture: Felixstowe Museum/Andy Calver
The Ever Given docking at the Port of Felixstowe. Picture: Felixstowe Museum/Andy Calver

It was stuck for nearly a week causing one of the biggest traffic jams in shipping history.

And once it was unblocked it was seized by Egyptian authorities, with the Suez Canal Authority refusing to let the vessel continue with its trip and reportedly demanded $916 million in damages from its owner.

It was inpounded until July 7, when the authority and the ship owners agreed an unspecified settlement after a stand off of more than 100 days between the two.

The Ever Given docking at the Port of Felixstowe. Picture: Felixstowe Museum/Andy Calver
The Ever Given docking at the Port of Felixstowe. Picture: Felixstowe Museum/Andy Calver
A digger being used to free the Ever Given from the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority/PA) (49826474)
A digger being used to free the Ever Given from the Suez Canal (Suez Canal Authority/PA) (49826474)

It then sailed to Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, before setting sail again yesterday to Suffolk.

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