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Ever Given Saga Nears End With Ship Poised to Leave Sue...



Ever Given Saga Nears End With Ship Poised to Leave Suez Canal

People watch as the container ship 'Ever Given' is refloated, unblocking the Suez Canal on March 29, 2021 in Suez, Egypt. Photographer: Mahmoud Khaled/Getty Images
By Bloomberg
04 Jul 2021 1

A giant container ship that had blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal for nearly a week earlier this year will be released on July 7 following an agreement between authorities and the vessel’s owners, the canal operator said Sunday.

By Mirette Magdy and Salma El Wardany

Word Count: 300
(Bloomberg) — 

A ceremony for the signing of the settlement ending the dispute over the 400-meter-long Ever Given will be held on Wednesday, and the ship will be allowed to depart, the Suez Canal Authority’s media office said by phone.

Earlier, Stann of London, the attorneys for the ship’s owner and insurers, said that a “formal solution” had been agreed upon and that preparations for its departure were being made.

Neither the SCA nor the attorneys provided details of the settlement. But the agreement marks an end to a dispute that arose after the Ever Given was freed after getting stuck in the vital waterway in March. The incident roiled global shipping markets.

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The canal authority had initially sought over $900 million in damages and compensation that included recovering expenses related to freeing the ship, lost revenue and other costs and claims. The figure was later lowered to $550 million.

Japan’s Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd., the owner, and the ship’s insurers initially offered $150 million.

The SCA brought the matter to an Egyptian court, which ordered the seizure of the ship pending a resolution of the dispute. Authorities had said, however, that they were eager to reach an out-of-court agreement and that the ship would be allowed to leave once such a deal was reached.

The ship is being held in the Great Bitter Lake — about halfway along the canal.

(Recasts and updates with details throughout.)

–With assistance from Abdel Latif Wahba.

© 2021 Bloomberg L.P.

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  • One has to wonder why the Evergiven’s owners were held liable when it’s clear that the accident was caused by the SCA’s incompetent and bickering pilots.

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