The Ever Given's owners have struck a deal with Egypt to free the ship months after it was seized, insurers say
Ever Givenis on the brink of release after 71 days, according to the ship's insurers.
- The ship's owners have reached an agreement in principle with the
- The ship got stuck in March, was freed, but was then impounded while
The Ever Given's owners have reached an agreement in principle with the Suez Canal Authority for the release of the ship, the ship's insurers announced Wednesday.
The massive container ship caused an international shipping crisis at the end of March, when it grounded in Egypt's Suez Canal, blocking the crucial trade route.
It has been held in the Great Bitter Lake, a body of water off the canal, where it has waited with most of its crew on board while the parties negotiate.
The ship's insurers, the UK Club, released a statement Wednesday saying the ship's owners - the Japanese company Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd - and the SCA were working "to finalize a signed settlement agreement as soon as possible" that will lead to the release of the vessel.
The ship is still crewed by 25 Indian sailors, eight of whom have been flown in to replace seafarers released on compassionate grounds or on the completion of their contracts, Abulgani Serang, spokesperson for the sailors' union NUSI, told Insider.
Serang said that the agreement is "fantastic
Egypt's demands for compensation started at nearly $1 billion but have steadily reduced as time passed. The UK Club has been skeptical of the scope of the demand, a view that was reflected by some insurance-industry insiders, Lloyd's List reported.
The UK Club continued to object after it was reduced to $600 million.
Most recently, Egypt asked for $550 million on the condition that $200 million of that be paid upfront, the Egyptian newspaper Ahram Online reported.
It is unclear what the current agreement in principle entails.
The SCA did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.
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