Two weeks after its transfer, after the Suez Canal was closed for a few days, the Egyptian authorities confirmed to the country’s public television station that the giant ship was “officially” seized.
Ever Geffen, over 400 meters long and 220,000 tons in weight, was stuck in the Suez Canal, blocking traffic on one of the main routes of world trade. The accident caused real traffic congestion in the canal, with hundreds of ships prevented from sailing. The ship ran aground due to the bad weather conditions in the area, after it remained on the tilted diameter of the canal, preventing any passage.
After the complicated removal work, the Suez Canal Authority is now claiming compensation from the Japanese company that owns the ship. Until this payment is completed, The ship would be captured, local sources were advancingThis is Tuesday.
“The ship is now officially detained,” the British Guardian newspaper quoted Lieutenant General Osama Rabie as telling the country’s public television channel. “They do not want to pay anything,” he said, referring to the Japanese company, Shwe Kisen Kaisha, which owns the ship. So far, the company has yet to comment on the matter.
Rabie did not specify the amount of compensation, but local sources amounted to about $ 900 million, or more than 752 million euros. This figure will also take into account payments for removal work and compensation for delay in the transportation of goods.