According to the “Government Daily” report, after Egypt blocked the Suez Canal in late March, it demanded US$900 million in compensation and the container ship was confiscated.
Last night, the head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) stated on national television that he was negotiating compensation for the damage caused by Ever Given, who was trapped in the canal. , Paralyzed the traffic of a major sea route. Egypt claimed that it did not make a mistake in the incident and handed over responsibility to the ship.
Admiral Osama Rabie said: “Negotiating is still going on, and there are still many incoordination issues with the company and insurance.”
A source from SCA confirmed to the French press that it is in talks with the Japanese company Shoei Kisen that owns the ship and the insurance company. Al-Ahram reported that the admiral said his country was asking for $900 million.
The source said: “According to the judgment of the Ismailia Commercial Court, the Panamanian ship Ever Given was confiscated for not paying US$900 million.” The same source pointed out that this amount was equivalent to the ship’s losses to the authorities and its The cost of towing and maintenance.
With the help of international experts, after the ship was towed away, on March 29, transportation on the canal carrying more than 10% of world trade was resumed. More than 400 ships were blocked for six days.
The ship sailed under the Panamanian flag, sailed to four football fields, and has been moored at Grand Lake Amer in the middle of the canal ever since.
SCA pointed out that Egypt lost between US$12 million and US$15 million per day during the incident. Among the main sources of income in the country, the income from the canal in 2019-2020 brought Egypt US$5.7 billion.