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Ever Given set to dock in Felixstowe with Suffolk Police giving advice on how best to see massive container ship




The huge container ship which blocked the artery of global trade is preparing to dock in Suffolk for the first time since it wreaked havoc in the Suez Canal.

The huge 400 meter long Ever Given blocked the major shipping lane in Egypt for nearly a week earlier this year after it went of course and became jammed.

And later today, the Panama registered container ship will dock at the Port of Felixstowe and, last night, could be seen from the coastal town.

The Ever Given can be seen from Felixstowe waiting to berth in the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk (Nigel Pickover/PA) (49826477)
The Ever Given can be seen from Felixstowe waiting to berth in the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk (Nigel Pickover/PA) (49826477)

Suffolk Police are hoping onlookers eager to see the vessel won't block roads in the area like the ship blocked global trade.

Officers have said it is unlikely to be seen from Languard Point, and have said Sea Road, and Undercliff Road West and East will be the best places to snap a photograph of the container ship. They said this would also help with congestion.

The ship was heading for Rotterdam when it ploughed into the sandy bank of a single-lane stretch of the canal on March 23.

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

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 ship, which carries cargo between Asia and Europe, was held for more than three months amid a financial dispute over compensation.

After an agreement was met between the ship’s Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd, and canal authorities it was freed to continue its voyage in July.

It unloaded cargo in Rotterdam before heading toward Felixstowe, where it is expected to berth at around 9am today.

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