ISMAILIA, Egypt—Egyptian authorities have accused the captain of a container ship blocking the Suez Canal for nearly a week in March. Alleging the captain lost control of the Ever Given and crashed into the riverbank.
Zayed Shisha, chief inspector of the Suez Canal Authority, said the boat had turned left before reaching a berth on the canal. “The captain gave eight orders within 12 minutes as he tried to get the ship back in place.”
The question of who is to blame for the accident is at the heart of the dispute over what compensation ship owners should pay. Egyptian authorities seized the ship in April. And it is now demanding $550 million in compensation for lost revenue. damage to the canal and the cost of ship rescue
The Japanese company that owns the boat, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., did not respond to calls and emails seeking comment. Ship management company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement Ltd. did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Lawyers for the Japanese firm blamed the Suez Canal Authority for allowing ships to enter the canal during a massive sandstorm in Egypt at the time. An initial investigation into the accident focused on the sudden gusts of wind.
at the beginning of this month The Chamber of Appeals at the Ismailia Economic Court heard records showing the conflict between the pilots of the Suez Canal Authority and the control center over whether ships should enter the canal. According to people familiar with this
A lawyer representing Shoei Kisen Kaisha said officials should not allow the boats to enter the waterway. And the ship should have at least two tugboats.
UK P&I Club, the insurance company of Ever Given, said the insurers and shipowners were committed to a fair and friendly solution. In comments made on Saturday Before Egyptian authorities accused the captain of the ship
The Ever Given, one of the largest cargo ships in the world. It ran aground in the Suez Canal on March 23, causing chaos in global supply chains. As hundreds of ships stacked together, it was a task at hand on either side of the canal.
The ship was released on March 29 after six days of work by Egyptian engineers and crew. With the help of a specialist Dutch salvage company.
Egyptian authorities seized the boat on April 12 and refused to let it leave until the Japanese owner agreed to pay compensation. The Suez Canal Governance initially demanded more than $900 million, but later reduced the amount requested as compensation.
“First of all, we estimate the ship’s cargo value at $3 billion. Our share of that value is set at $912 million for the above-mentioned expenses. When the shipowner returned to us telling us the value of the cargo was $750 million, we reduced demand,” Cheecha said.
The ship, along with about 18,000 containers and crew of Indian sailors. Still anchored in Great Bitter Lake. which separates the canal into two parts
Mr Sheisha told reporters at the Suez Canal Authority’s headquarters on Sunday that the institution had concluded its own investigation into the cause of the accident. by blaming the incident for an error made by the captain
He said the boat was diverting to the right as it entered the canal. And the captain tried to pull the ship back to the middle. He said the captain accelerated when the ship’s response was too slow. The boat deflected to the left and then to the right again before crashing into the bank of the canal. Mr Sheisha said
The Ismailia Economic Court case over the ship’s fate continues. But both sides have asked to postpone the proceedings until June 20.
The Suez Canal Authority has submitted its investigation to the International Maritime Organization, Shesha said, but said Egyptian officials would not make the full report public during ongoing compensation talks.
The ship’s crew were not allowed to leave the ship as it ran aground. The union leader representing the crew said the crew had been treated well. But they have expressed concern that they could be locked up in Egypt indefinitely if the dispute is not resolved quickly.
Two crew members were allowed to depart on April 15 for urgent personal reasons. According to the Suez Canal Authority
—Summer Said contributed to this article.
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