Egypt demands $900m compensation, seizes cargo ship blamed for blocking Suez Canal trade route

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Egypt is demanding $900 million in compensation after the blockade of the Suez Canal in March, and the container ship that caused it has been seized in the meantime, the government’s daily Al-Ahram reported on Tuesday.

“The negotiations are continuing, there are still many points (of stumbling block) with the company and the insurance” starting with the “sum”, said Admiral Ossama Rabie.

A source within the SCA confirmed negotiations with the Japanese company Shoei Kisen, owner of the ship, and insurance companies.

Quoted Tuesday by Al-Ahram, the admiral indicated that his country wanted the payment of 900 million dollars.

“The Panamanian ship Ever Given was seized due to the non-payment of the sum of 900 million dollars (…) by virtue of a judgment rendered by the economic court of Ismailia” (est), he said.

The amount corresponds, according to the same source, to “losses caused by the boat to the Authority in addition to its refloating and maintenance operations”.

Traffic on the canal, which accounts for more than 10% of world trade, resumed on March 29 after the ship was refloated with the help of international experts.

More than 400 ships had been stranded north and south of the isthmus for six days, forming gigantic traffic jams.

Flying the Panamanian flag, the ship, which is equivalent to four football fields, has since been stationed in the Great Amer Lake, in the middle of the canal.

According to insurer Allianz, each day of downtime resulted in overall losses of six to 10 billion dollars.

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