The Ever Given, the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March, arrived in the port of Rotterdam on Thursday morning with more than three months delay.
Nine thousand containers are unloaded there, after which the ship sails on to Felixstowe in the United Kingdom.
The containers will be unloaded from Thursday morning by stevedore ECT.
Then they are put on other ships or trains and they go to customers or the port of Hamburg, Germany.
Everything should be completed by next Monday and the ship can sail on to the UK.
On board those containers are a lot of goods;
from IKEA furniture to sex toys, but also garden furniture and parasols.
In addition, shopkeepers have to pay for the salvage of the ship, so there is a chance that not everyone will want to come and collect their belongings.
IKEA says that there were no seasonal products on the ship, so everything can still be sold.
'We can't stay here with nine thousand containers'
ECT says it has made agreements with shipping company Evergreen about the collection of goods.
"Of course we cannot stay behind at our terminal with nine thousand containers, because then we cannot continue. Then there is another problem," says a spokesperson.
He does not want to elaborate on the kind of agreements that ECT has with Evergreen.
"But they give us enough confidence to handle this operation."
The Ever Given paralyzed maritime trade for six days at the beginning of March due to a wrong maneuver.
The ship came to lie transversely in the Suez Canal, the most used maritime trade route.
30 percent of the containers go to their destination along that route.
The congestion is estimated to have cost the global economy $1 billion.
After six days, the Ever Given was freed by the Dutch company SMIT Salvage, but it remained at anchor in Egypt for a long time due to a dispute between the owner of the ship and canal authority SCA over compensation.
The two parties reached an agreement on this at the beginning of this month.
Ship stays in Rotterdam until Monday
All the other boats were able to continue on their way and now the Ever Given has also reached its destination, although that was not without a struggle.
Originally, the container ship was supposed to dock last Sunday, but that was first postponed to Wednesday.
And that too was postponed again at the beginning of this week: to Thursday.
"It has been quite busy on the quay in recent days, making it a challenge to schedule the boat," says a spokesperson for the port of Rotterdam.
But the story doesn't end now that the containers have reached their destination.
, Evergreen can expect thousands more lawsuits from angry customers, a process that will take years.
The lawsuits are now all being bundled and will be heard together in two months.