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The Ever Given, the 1,300-foot container ship that became an internet meme after getting stuck in the Suez Canal, is now facing a new type of celebrity: tourist destination.

The ship tied up at a Rotterdam container terminal early Thursday, pulling into a remote, windswept pier lined with rows of rusty containers and near smoking refineries. The ship, one of the world’s biggest seagoing vessels, is also one of its best known, after it got stuck lengthwise across the Suez Canal, blocking traffic both ways on the critical choke point.

It took a week to dig and pull it out, then months to negotiate compensation with Egyptian authorities, before it was allowed to leave the canal.

On Thursday, the Port of Rotterdam jumped at the chance of being part of that global story. “Do you want to see the Ever Given with your own eyes?" the port asked on its Twitter account.

The port is offering tickets for a 90-minute ferry ride past the hulking container ship as it unloads some of its roughly 18,000 containers, before the vessel sets sail for the U.K. Tickets, at 10.95 euros, or about $13, were sold out through Sunday.

The vessel’s travails wreaked havoc on global supply chains. More than 600 engineers and sailors and more than a dozen tug boats scrambled to free it. Their progress made daily headlines. A photo of the mammoth ship’s bow lodged into the canal’s bank, and looming over a single excavator trying to dig it out in the early hours of the rescue operation, resonated on the internet in a pandemic-weary world.

The ship itself isn’t planning to welcome any tourists on deck. “No one is allowed on board" except for essential personnel, said a spokesman for its technical manager, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement. He cited security and Covid-19 restrictions. Its owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. of Japan and the ship’s charterer, Taiwan’s Evergreen Marine Corp., weren’t immediately available to comment.

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.

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