The giant container ship MV Ever Given steamed into Rotterdam port this morning, more than four months after it was stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal, blocking shipping in one of the world's busiest waterways.

The ship, almost as long as New York's Empire State building is tall, entered Europe's port at around 3am.

"It was a great relief to see her and a special moment," said Rotterdam Port's director of containers Hans Nagtegaal.

"Finally, we can get the job done offloading and hopefully get her back to a normal sailing routine," he said.

Mr Nagtegaal said the Ever Given will remain in Rotterdam until Monday, when she is expected to sail for Felixstowe in Britain, before going into dry dock in Dunkirk in France for further inspection.

The MV Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal for six days in late March, finally steamed out of the waterway three weeks ago after Egypt and the vessel's Japanese owners signed a compensation deal.

The Ever Given arrives early morning in Rotterdam, Netherlands

The nearly 200,000-tonne container vessel became wedged in the canal during a sandstorm on 23 March, blocking a vital artery from Asia to Europe that carries 10% of global maritime trade and provides Egypt with vital revenues.

After a round-the-clock salvage operation to dislodge it, Egypt seized the ship and demanded compensation from owners Shoei Kisen Kaisha for lost canal revenues, salvage costs and damage to the canal.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced last month it had signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Japanese firm ahead of reaching a final deal.

Cairo initially demanded $916 million in compensation before slashing that to around $550 million, but the final figure was the subject of tough negotiations.

Egypt, which earns more than $5 billion a year from the canal, lost between $12 million and $15 million in revenues each day it was closed, the SCA said.

In April, maritime data company Lloyd's List said the blockage by the vessel, which is longer than four football fields, held up some $9.6 billion worth of cargo each day it was stuck.