There hasn’t been much going on here for a while so thought I would post some happy news.
Qingdao has a number of large graving docks, one of which can accommodate a ULCV. Perhaps this is the intention prior to loading.
On your pic (GoogleEarth), a 400m container vessel is docked, the same length as our friend.
Just now, two ships are in this dock, a 200m vehicle carrier and a 190m bulker.
Qingdao is equipped with super post-Panamax gantries so they may be killing two birds with the one visit.
A statement issued by the Suez Canal Authority:
Lieutenant-General Osama Rabie: “The Suez Canal witnesses the crossing of 62 ships last Friday, and the container ship EVER GIVEN crosses within the northern convoy.” during the return trip after unloading its cargo coming from the United Kingdom and heading to China. The head of the authority directed that all measures and measures be taken to ensure the safe passage of the ship by appointing a group of senior authority guides who are known for their experience and competence, and allocating the two tugboats Mosaed 1 and Mosaed 2 to accompany the ship during its journey across the canal. Lieutenant-General Rabie emphasized that the crossing of the EVER GIVEN ship again on its 22nd voyage through the canal reflects the extent of the confidence that the canal enjoys as the shortest and fastest navigational route linking the east to the west, and also indicates the good and strategic relations that unite the Suez Canal with the Japanese company that owns the ship. It is worth noting that, Friday, the canal’s navigation witnessed the crossing of 62 ships from both directions without waiting, with a total net tonnage of 3.5 million tons.The number of ships transiting the canal from the north direction reached 26 ships with a net tonnage of 1.5 million tons, while 36 ships crossed from the south direction in the new navigational course of the canal with a total net tonnage of 2 million tons.
Source: Maasmond Newsclippings today.