The problems caused by the Suez Canal congestion by the stuck container ship Ever Given could last “weeks to months”, says the Rotterdam container terminal ECT.
This is because soon when ships will be able to pass through the Suez Canal again, many ships will probably arrive at Rotterdam simultaneously. The container terminal is now busy preparing for the upcoming crowds.
If the ship is released this week, not everything will be resolved, an ECT spokesperson emphasizes. “Due to the resulting traffic jam of ships, there will be even more delays than there are already.”
The spokesman emphasizes that ship transport has a very tight schedule and all imports and exports must be caught up, so it will take a long time before everything is back to normal.
According to ECT, it is currently difficult to estimate when the extra crowds will come because it is not yet clear when the Suez Canal will be navigable again. The container terminal makes continuous estimates of the expected influx of ships and informs shipping companies about this.
When too many ships arrive in Rotterdam simultaneously, they will probably have to wait at sea, the spokesperson explains.