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Ever Given to miss Hamburg call on safety grounds

Stade, Germany - September 25, 2019: Container ship EVER GIVEN, owned by Evergreen Marine Corp. (Taiwan) Ltd., on Elbe river heading to Hamburg
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The Ever Given will miss its Hamburg port call due to concerns surrounding the navigational safety.

In a statement on 16 July, liner Evergreen said the vessel “needs to follow the guidelines” outlined in its seaworthiness certificate to sail at lower speeds and to call at only Rotterdam and Felixstowe.

“The usual Hamburg port call will be dropped because of concerns surrounding navigation safety,” the statement wrote.

“To comply with the safety requirement, the cargoes planned to be discharged in Hamburg will be unloaded in Rotterdam and transshipped to the destination port.”

Evergreen Line is coordinating with the terminal operators regarding berth arrangements and will maintain close contact with them to ensure the containers can be discharged as soon as possible when the vessel arrives.

The ship’s operational schedule is now planned as:

  • 28 July – ETB Rotterdam Delta Terminal to discharge local imports and transshipments via this port
  • 02 August – ETB Rotterdam Euromax Terminal to discharge cargoes to/via Hamburg, then transshipped by EVER UTILE 0014-164E
  • 03 August – ETB Felixstowe to discharge local imports
  • 08 August – EVER UTILE to call Hamburg and discharge local imports and transshipments via this port

The 20,388 TEU vessel grabbed headlines in Spring 2021 when the ship ran aground in the Suez Canal, crippling supply chains and causing severe delays in cargo movement.

The vessel was released by Egyptian authorities on 7 July following an agreement in compensation.

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