TOKYO (AP) – The owner of a large Japanese container ship blocking the Suez Canal for nearly a week that has halted billions of dollars in maritime trade, asking owners of the freight they carry to share the costs of the ship. The damage the Egyptians demanded the authorities.
Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. said on Friday it had asked freight owners to share damages in a deal called the general average announcement. Damage sharing programs are often used for underinsured marine accidents.The company said it had informed some 18,000 container owners on board the ship part of the damage demand, estimated to be around $ 916 million.
The ship’s owner said earlier this month it was negotiating with the Egyptian authorities about the need for compensation. The boats that were once provided are being held at the Great Bitter Lake, a water stretching halfway between the north and south end of the canal for inspection and will not be allowed to leave until the Shoei Kisen settlement. Said.
The company declined to disclose further details about the talks, including the amount of the insurance and the amount it asked the freight owners to share.
Ever Given was traveling to the Dutch port of Rotterdam on March 23, when it slammed into the bank of a one-lane canal about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) north of the south entrance near the Suez City
A massive salvage effort by a tug-assisted fleet freed a ship the size of a Panamanian flag skyscraper and the Japanese owned Ever Given six days later, ending the crisis and leaving hundreds of waiting ships. The canal runs
The 25 Indian crew members of the ship, all still on board, were in good health, the company said.
The ship has enough food, including fresh fruit and vegetables and drinking water, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement’s technical management company. It said in a statement on Thursday.
Canal clogs have forced some boats to take longer routes around Cape of Good Hope in southern Africa, requiring additional fuel and other costs. Hundreds of ships wait for the blockage to end.
The shutdown, which has raised concerns about supply shortages and rising costs for consumers, has put pressure on the shipping industry, which is under pressure from the coronavirus outbreak.