An update on the vessel blockage in the Suez Canal – and what we do to keep you informed

On Tuesday, March 23rd, a container ship operated by Evergreen Marine ran aground and became lodged sideways across the waterway in the Suez Canal passage. The passage is currently blocked to vessels in both directions coming in and out of the port. Here, we give you an update on the current situation and explain what we do to ensure your cargo will arrive smoothly if you are impacted by the situation.
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25th March 2021

What has happened in the Suez Canal and why it is impacting cargo

The container ship Ever Given was en route from Yantian, China, to the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherland when it was knocked off course by strong winds and a sandstorm early Tuesday, March 23rd (local time). Now, the incident continues to create long tailbacks on the waterway, stopping vessels from passing and causing delays. Unfortunately, the operations attempt to refloating the vessel during the night has failed. However, the operations will resume today.

With about 12% of global trade passing through the Suez Canal per year, the trade route is connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe.

What Twill is doing to keep you informed

As the container ship is currently blocking the path for other vessels, you might ask yourself if this event might impact your cargo.

We at Twill are observing the situation closely together with Maersk, following the impacted vessel's efforts to further update customers whose cargo might be affected. If the current situation impacts your cargo, you will receive detailed schedule changes and alternative options.

While this event is out of our control, we apologize for the inconvenience this incident may cause your business. We will, of course, do our utmost to mitigate the delay as best as we can, and we will keep impacted customers up to date.

What you can do to stay up to date

Please head over to Maersk's advisories on this situation for further information. If you have any additional questions or concerns about this situation, please get in touch with one of our Twillers. They are here to help you and guide you through this situation. We are also keeping you updated via our dedicated FAQ.

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