Ever Given ship forbidden to leave the Suez Canal until its owners pay up to $1 billion in compensation for the chaos it caused
Ever Givencan't leave the Suez Canaluntil compensation is paid, officials said Thursday.
- It is still unclear how much has to be paid, though it could be up to $1 billion.
- The owner of the Ever Given said it hadn't officially heard from Egyptian authorities yet.
While the giant Even Given container ship might have been freed from the banks of the Suez Canal, it still finds itself stuck, embroiled in a dispute over who should pay for dislodging it from the waterway.
The figure would cover the expense of the equipment and machinery used to clear the way and damage to the canal itself by the dredging while also compensating about 800 people who worked to release the 200,000-ton ship, Rabie said.It would also refund the costs from the blocking of the canal, which ended up causing an epic traffic jam of more than 400 ships on either side of the channel. Rabie did not say how exactly he arrived at that figure.
According to the London-based financial firm Refinitiv, the Egyptian state lost transit fees worth $95 million because of the blockage.
It is also still unclear who will pay for
The 1,300-foot Ever Given made headlines on March 23 when it steered off course during an unexpected wind storm and became lodged in the sandbanks of the Suez Canal, disrupting global trade. It was freed six days later.
Egypt has since opened a formal investigation into how the vessel got stuck.The ship, its cargo, and the 25-person Indian crew of sailors will remain at anchor in Egypt's Great Bitter Lake until the investigation is over. Earlier this month, authorities told Insider the crew of the ship was safe and would continue getting paid.
"We could agree on a certain compensation, or it goes to court," he said, according to CNBC. "If they decide to go to court, then the ship should be held."
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