Egypt seizes the “Evergiven” ship and requests $ 900 million in compensation DW News Arabia

The Suez Canal Authority decided to make reservations The huge container ship “Evergiven”, which ran aground last month in the waterway and disrupted navigation there for six days, Until the shipowner pays compensation worth 900 Million dollars.

Today, Tuesday (April 13), the government-owned Al-Ahram newspaper quoted Osama Rabie, Chairman of the Authority, that “the Panamanian vessel Evergiven was seized for failure to pay an amount of money. 900 The newspaper added that the compensation amount included “the value of the losses caused by the delinquent ship to the Authority, as well as the floatation and maintenance process, according to a court ruling issued by the Ismailia Economic Court.”

And the head of the body announced in 29 March ”Resumption of navigation traffic in the Suez Canal After the Authority succeeded in its capabilities in rescuing and floating the container ship Evergiven. ”The ship ran aground in 23 March, and it stopped in the width of the Suez Canal, disrupting navigation in both directions.

For his part, an official in the Japanese company “Choi Kisen”, which owns the “Evergiven” ship, said that the ship did not receive permission to leave the waterway, while discussions are still ongoing regarding a compensation request submitted to the company. Yumi Shinohara, deputy director of the fleet management department of the owner company, “Choi Kisen”, confirmed that the Suez Canal Authority had submitted a compensation request without giving further details. Two sources on the channel said that the results of the agency’s investigation are expected to be announced by the end of the week.

UK Club, which is responsible for insuring protection and compensation on the Evergiven ship, said in a statement that the channel’s demands include $ 300 million as a “bailout premium” and another 300 million in compensation for “moral damage.” And she added, “Despite the volume of claims, which are largely unsubstantiated,
The owners and insurance companies negotiated in good faith with the Suez Canal Authority. UK Club added that she was disappointed that the ship and their crew were being held in the canal until compensation was paid.

The ship was the longest 400 Meters and width 59 Meters and gross payload 224 One thousand tons, making a flight from China to Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The disruption of navigation led to traffic congestion in the canal, and a long queue was formed 420 a ship, However, on April 3, the authority announced the end of the navigation crisis and the transit of all waiting ships.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi pledged at the end of last month to purchase all the equipment needed by the Suez Canal to face emergency crises. On Monday, the dredger “Mohab Mamish” arrived from the Netherlands, which is “the largest and most modern dredger in the Middle East and Africa,” according to an official statement, to join the Canal Authority’s fleet of equipment. Its scraping capacity is up to 3600 Cubic meter of sand per hour.

The Suez Canal is a very important vital facility for Egypt That lost according to the authority between 12 Million and15th A million dollars in revenue per day due to the disruption of transit traffic. A report by the “Allianz” insurance company indicated that today, in the disruption of cargo transportation, as a result of stopping navigation in the canal, “global trade costs from 6 to me 10 Billions of dollars. ”And in a year 2020 The number of ships that crossed the corridor linking the Red and Mediterranean seas was about 19 Alpha, and the channel achieved more than annual revenues 5,6 Billions of dollars.
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