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Megaship Ever Given that blocked Suez Canal sets sail after settlement deal

The nearly 200,000-tonne container vessel became wedged across the canal during a sandstorm on March 23, blocking a vital artery from Asia to Europe that carries 10 percent 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.

July 08, 2021 / 02:45 PM IST
The huge container ship MV Ever Given which blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March finally steamed out of the waterway on July 7 after Egypt and the vessel's Japanese owners signed a compensation deal. The ship earlier weighed anchor and set sail north from near the central canal city of Ismailia towards the Mediterranean Sea, shortly after 11:30 am local time (0930 GMT). (Image: AFP)
The huge container ship MV Ever Given which blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March finally steamed out of the waterway on July 7 after Egypt and the vessel's Japanese owners signed a compensation deal. The ship earlier weighed anchor and set sail north from near the central canal city of Ismailia towards the Mediterranean Sea, shortly after 11:30 am local time (0930 GMT). (Image: AFP)
The nearly 200,000-tonne container vessel became wedged across the canal during a sandstorm on March 23, blocking a vital artery from Asia to Europe that carries 10 percent 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. (Image: AFP)
The nearly 200,000-tonne container vessel became wedged across the canal during a sandstorm on March 23, blocking a vital artery from Asia to Europe that carries 10 percent 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. (Image: AFP)
In a ceremony attended by ambassadors and international media, Suez Canal Authority chief (SCA) Osama Rabie inked a final deal with representatives of the owners. "I announce to the world that we have reached a deal," Rabie said at the ceremony carried live on state television. He called March's salvage operation a "race against time" to restore global shipping flows. "We were facing a tough test with the world watching," he added. (Image: AFP)
In a ceremony attended by ambassadors and international media, Suez Canal Authority chief (SCA) Osama Rabie inked a final deal with representatives of the owners. "I announce to the world that we have reached a deal," Rabie said at the ceremony carried live on state television. He called March's salvage operation a "race against time" to restore global shipping flows. "We were facing a tough test with the world watching," he added. (Image: AFP)
The SCA announced last month it had signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Japanese firm ahead of reaching a final deal. Khaled Abou Bakr, a prominent lawyer who headed the SCA negotiating team, reiterated on July 7 the "secrecy" of the final compensation package. "I can unequivocally state that we preserved the full rights of the Authority," he said. (Image: AFP)
The SCA announced last month it had signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Japanese firm ahead of reaching a final deal. Khaled Abou Bakr, a prominent lawyer who headed the SCA negotiating team, reiterated on July 7 the "secrecy" of the final compensation package. "I can unequivocally state that we preserved the full rights of the Authority," he said. (Image: AFP)
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. (Image: AFP)
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. (Image: AFP)
The ship's grounding and the intensive efforts to refloat it also resulted in significant damage to the canal. 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. (Image: AFP)
The ship's grounding and the intensive efforts to refloat it also resulted in significant damage to the canal. 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. (Image: AFP)
The Taiwanese-operated and Panama-flagged vessel was refloated on March 29, and tailbacks of 420 vessels at the canal's northern and southern entrances were cleared in early April. (Image: AFP)
The Taiwanese-operated and Panama-flagged vessel was refloated on March 29, and tailbacks of 420 vessels at the canal's northern and southern entrances were cleared in early April. (Image: AFP)
On July 6, the Ismailia Economic Court ruled that the seized ship and its crew was being released following a request from the SCA. It resumed its journey on July 7 with its cargo of 18,300 containers intact, SCA sources told AFP. (Image: AFP)
On July 6, the Ismailia Economic Court ruled that the seized ship and its crew was being released following a request from the SCA. It resumed its journey on July 7 with its cargo of 18,300 containers intact, SCA sources told AFP. (Image: AFP)
Rabie, surrounded by white-clad captains waving Egyptian flags, waved off the megaship as it headed for the Mediterranean. SCA boats honked loudly to celebrate its departure. In a show of appreciation, the SCA also presented a silver plaque to the Ever Given's captain and crew, who had been stranded for months. Officials have been keen to avoid reputational damage from the incident, trumpeting Egyptian efforts in the salvage operation. (Image: AFP)
Rabie, surrounded by white-clad captains waving Egyptian flags, waved off the megaship as it headed for the Mediterranean. SCA boats honked loudly to celebrate its departure. In a show of appreciation, the SCA also presented a silver plaque to the Ever Given's captain and crew, who had been stranded for months. Officials have been keen to avoid reputational damage from the incident, trumpeting Egyptian efforts in the salvage operation. (Image: AFP)
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swiftly pledged investment to avoid any repetition of the crisis, and in May approved a two-year project to widen and deepen the southern part of the waterway where the ship ran aground. Sisi had overseen the $8 billion expansion of a northern section of the canal to much fanfare in 2014-15. (Image: AFP)
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi swiftly pledged investment to avoid any repetition of the crisis, and in May approved a two-year project to widen and deepen the southern part of the waterway where the ship ran aground. Sisi had overseen the $8 billion expansion of a northern section of the canal to much fanfare in 2014-15. (Image: AFP)
Associated Press
first published: Jul 8, 2021 02:45 pm

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