After the “Ever Given” blockade: the congestion on the Suez Canal was resolved


DThe jam of many ships due to the accident of the container ship “Ever Given” in the Suez Canal has been resolved. The last 61 of the total 422 ships waiting during the blockade had passed the waterway from both sides, Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority SCA said on Saturday.

The 400-meter-long, more than 220,000-ton container ship was caught in high winds on Tuesday last week and blocked the canal for a week. Hundreds of ships have since jammed, causing delays in global trade and supply chains. As there were also tankers among them, the price of oil had risen in the meantime. The “Ever Given”, which is one of the largest container ships in the world, was launched on Monday. This allowed traffic to resume.

SCA is investigating how the incident occurred. The 193-kilometer-long Suez Canal is one of the most important waterways in the world and the shortest sea route between Europe and Asia.

On Friday, the US aircraft carrier “USS Eisenhower” also crossed the canal in the direction of the Red Sea. The channel authority published a video of the aircraft carrier slowly passing through the channel.

The canal authority demands compensation

The continuation of “Ever Given” itself could, however, drag on for a long time. The canal authority demands compensation of one billion dollars for the blockade that lasted for days and will only allow the trip to continue if an agreement is reached. “We worked hard and worked hard to rescue the ship. We lost income every day. We are entitled to compensation, ”Usama Rabi, chairman of the channel authority, said, according to the state-run Al-Ahram news site.

Heavily armed: the American aircraft carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Suez Canal

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Eisenhower aircraft carrier

Aircraft carrier Eisenhower in the Suez Canal

The “Ever Given” is currently in the Great Bitter Lake between the northern and southern parts of the Suez Canal. In its request, the authority refers, among other things, to losses of 14 to 15 million dollars a day, as well as to the days of work with excavators and tugs to uncover the 400-meter-long ship. Rabi said there was a cargo on board worth $ 3.5 billion. “We saved the ship and its cargo.”

According to its president Eric Hsieh, the Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen Marine, which chartered the ship, is not responsible for the late shipment. Possible damages would be covered by insurance, Hsieh said according to the Bloomberg financial intelligence service. But you could be responsible for the delays of other ships that had to wait hundreds of days to pass through the canal.