Rotterdam Braces for Influx of Vessel Traffic From Suez Reopening

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Friday April 2, 2021

The Port of Rotterdam says it is taking measures to handle the backlog of vessel traffic destined for the port after a six day blockage of the Suez Canal.

"[T]he Port of Rotterdam Authority has initiated proactive consultation with the relevant stakeholders ... to determine how to handle the forecast surge in incoming vessels as smoothly as possible," the port said in a statement posted Thursday.

"While this is undoubtedly a challenging undertaking, we still expect to manage this influx quite effectively – provided we make the right preparations."

Changes to bunkering schedules are among the various disruptions caused by the incident.

Around 60 ships are reported to destined for Rotterdam via the Suez Canal, seven of which are now underway.

At the time of Ever Given's refloating, six of those had decided to detour via the Cape of Good Hope.

To reduce the likelihood of extreme peak loads at the vessels' ports of call, all ships destined for Europe will be passing through the Suez Canal in increasing group sizes at 12-15 hour intervals.

The progress of ships arriving in the port of Rotterdam within the next 48 hours can be monitored via the Shiptracker application.

The 20,000 TEU container ship Ever Given, which ran aground on March 23 blocking the Canal, was freed on Monday.