Super ship Ever Given passes the Suez Canal test after paying $550 million in compensation

Super ship Ever Given passes the Suez Canal test after paying $550 million in compensation

The 220,000-ton ship, which blocked the Suez Canal and disrupted global trade for 6 days, successfully crossed Suez to the Red Sea.

The ship Ever Given moves through the Suez Canal on August 20. Photo: Reuters

Although the “name” made headlines in the newspapers earlier this year, the 400-meter-long Ever Given container ship still wants to try again.

The Guardian reported that the ship had to wait in Egypt for months to negotiate compensation for damage to the operation of the Suez arterial waterway in March.

A few weeks after docking at the port of Felixstowe in the UK, Ever Given returned to the port of Said, Egypt, on the night of August 19.

The next day, Al-Ahram newspaper reported that a Panana-flagged container ship owned by a Japanese company began its journey through the canal, escorted by two tugs. Live ship tracking logs show that Ever Given successfully crossed the Suez into the Red Sea.

The operation to rescue the Ever Given from the canal in March stalled the voyages of hundreds of other ships, forcing some to circumnavigate the southern tip of Africa further.

A dispute over compensation resulted in the ship being held by Egyptian authorities for four months. Shoei Kisen Kaisha’s owner said that the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) was responsible for allowing the Ever Given vessel to enter despite bad weather, while the SCA demanded 996 compensation from the other side. million dollars.

Finally, on July 6, the Economic Court of the Ismailia Province of Egypt agreed to remove the detention order for the giant ship Ever Given, allowing it to leave the Suez Canal on July 7 to continue. itineraries as required by the SCA. Ever Given’s owners, insurance companies and SCA eventually reached a settlement of $550 million. “We will continue to be a loyal customer of the Suez channel,” Shoei Kisen Kaisha said after being released last month.

Since entering service in 2018, the Ever Given super ship has passed through the Suez Canal a total of 22 times.