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$ 916 million incident: Suez Canal authorities ask ship owner to pay damages

The ship that blocked the Suez Canal has not been allowed to leave for almost a week in March, and the canal authorities, the Egyptian Suez Canal Authorities (SCA), are seeking $ 916 million in damages from the Japanese ship's owner, Reuters reported, citing two sources.

The Evergreen Given, owned by Shoei Kissen, is in the lake that separates the two sections of the canal after it was released on March 29, when the SCA launched an investigation.

Two SCA sources, who declined to be named, told Reuters that an Egyptian court had ordered the ship detained.

Compensation talks are under way, according to another source.

SCA Director Osama Rabbi He told Egyptian television that Ever Given would not leave the channel until the investigation was completed and the damages paid.

"Ever Given" got stuck on the Suez Canal on March 23, closing the canal for six days, leaving 400 boats waiting while the rest took another route to bypass Africa.

 

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