A skyscraper-sized ship that blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week in March is being held by canal authorities who are pursuing a $916 million compensation claim against the ship’s Japanese owner.
The Ever Given container ship, owned by Shoei Kisen, has been in a lake separating two sections of the canal since it was dislodged on March 29, as the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) conducts investigations.
Maritime data company Lloyd’s List said the blockage by the vessel, longer than four football fields, held up an estimated $9.6 billion-worth of cargo between Asia and Europe each day it was stuck.
Egypt also lost between $12 and $15 million in revenues for each day the waterway was closed, according to the canal authority.
- Photo by Paul Teysen
News Source: TRTWorld
How One Ship Ever Given Caused a Global Traffic Jam
On March 23, 2021 the container ship Ever Given was on it’s journey between the port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia and Rotterdam in the Netherlands when it was sailing through the Suez Canal in Egypt. The ship was surprised by a sandstorm and rammed itself into the side wall of the canal. Even though the blockade is resolved, it is expected that the delay is expected to cause a ripple effect that will add stress to port facilities and even inland infrastructure.
Stuck at sea: Cargo ship Ever Given wedged in Suez Canal causes traffic jam
Tug boats and a digger struggled to free the mega cargo ship, blocking one of the world’s busiest shipping pathways.
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