Delays - Important Information
As you may be aware the Evergreen vessel EVER GIVEN has run aground in the Suez Canal blocking the canal completely, and despite best efforts for the last 3 days the vessel remains embedded into the bank of the Canal. There are several dredgers, tugs and bulldozers around her trying to free her and the hope is that the particularly high tide due this weekend will help refloat her. Should this fail there are several other options available however they will all take some time and may require waiting for the next high tide which is due 2 weeks after this one. There is very little definite information about now, no doubt we will be told more in the coming days / weeks once they have a plan has been formulated of which we will keep you informed.
Once she is afloat, the likely chance is the vessel will have to slow-steam to a port capable of taking vessels of her size to be assessed for damage to both the hull and the engines. There are only a limited number of ports capable of handling a vessel of her size; one of them will need to agree to take her and keep her for however long it takes to assess any potential damage.
This will affect supply; we currently have 4 x FCL on the Ever Given. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell how long it will be before we can expect to receive those containers. It is also important to consider other containers that are afloat or just about to leave, the vessel is blocking the entirety of the canal which in turn has caused substantial queues up the Suez Canal.