"Ever Given" accident in the Suez Canal: Egypt demands $ 900 million in damages

The day-long blockade of the Suez Canal after the wreck of the container ship "Ever Given" caused damage of around $ 900 million. At least that's how high the compensation is Egypt now officially calls. A court has now granted a motion aimed at the seizure of the freighter in order to secure the claims. That said the chief of the canal authority, Ossama Rabie, the newspaper "Al-Ahram" on Tuesday. The "Ever Given" had the important one Trade route Blocked for six days.

The "Ever Given" got caught in a sandstorm on March 23 and ran aground. The 400-meter-long ship was then stuck across the narrow canal, with more than 400 ships stowed in front of and behind it. Egypt lost revenue from canal fees; In addition, according to Rabie, there were maintenance costs and costs for work to tow the ship free. That happened on March 29th.

The canal authority said Egypt lost between $ 15 million and $ XNUMX million a day because of the blockade. According to Allianz insurance, the accident caused costs of six to ten billion dollars worldwide. The "Ever Given" belongs to the Japanese company Shoei Kisen Kaisha and sails under the Panamanian flag. The head of the canal authority said the ship had been confiscated until the requested amount was paid.