Suez Canal Ever Green cargo ship stranding brings headache for Grimsby firm

A Grimsby transport provider which has two containers stuck on the stranded Suez canal ship has described the hold-up as a “headache we could do without.” Ocean Blue Logistics were using the giant container ship to transport two containers from China to a live TV show in Peterborough when the Ever Given became wedged across the crucial shipping route Efforts to pull it free have so far been unsuccessful.

Ocean Blue Logistics Director Rob Salt told Radio Humberside the company has no idea when the ship will be able to continue its voyage. Get the top GrimsbyLive stories straight to your inbox, click here

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“We’ve got a couple of containers that are being shipped from China for a live TV show. They’re sat there not going anywhere at the moment,” he said to presenter Andy Comfort.

“They were due to be unloaded in Felixstowe and then delivered to a site in Peterborough. With TV, you’re always running against the time. This is a headache we could do without.

“We let the customer know straight away and they have been very understanding fortunately.” He says that Blue Ocean Logistics have been kept informed of the progress – or lack of it – in getting the shop free.

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“You have all sorts of problems in shipping but never in 29 years have we come across problem like this. There’s a big traffic jam around Suez canal, with ships backing up,” Rob said. “It will have a knock on effect, and take a few weeks to resolve.

“We get a daily update from company which owns the Ever Given. They just don’t know when it will released – it could be anywhere from six days to four weeks. “The Ever Given is one of the new bigger ships – it can carry 20,000 containers and measures 400 metres by 50 metres – so of all the vessels, it’s the one you don’t want [to get stuck.]”

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The Suez Canal through Egypt is one of the world’s busiest waterways, allowing ships to save thousands of miles of travel around Africa.

Tugs are due to arrive over the weekend in an effort to pull the Ever Given free.

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