TOKYO (AP) – The Japanese owner of a massive freighter that closes the Suez Canal for almost a week is suspending billions of dollars in maritime trade and asking cargo owners to share the cost of the damage claimed by the Egyptians. authorities.
Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. reported on Friday that it had asked cargo owners to share damages in a transaction known as the general average statement. The damage distribution scheme is often used in the case of covered marine accidents. The company said it had notified some owners of the ship’s approximately 18,000 containers of part of its claim for damages, valued at about $ 916 million.
The sailor announced earlier this month that he was in talks with the Egyptian authorities over compensation. The Ever-given vessel is being held at Great Bitter Lake, a wide section of water from the northern to southern ends of the canal, for inspection, “will not be allowed to leave until settlement is reached,” said Shoie Kise. ,
The company declined to disclose further details of the negotiations, including the amount of insurance covered, and what portion it owes to shipping owners.
Ever Given was heading to the Dutch port of Rotterdam on March 23 when it sank on the shore of a one-way canal about 6 miles (3.7 miles) north of the southern entrance to the city of Suez.
A massive rescue effort by a fleet of light ships freed the skyscrapers six days later, six days after the Panamanian-flagged Japanese-owned Ever Trem ended the crisis, allowing hundreds of waiting ships to cross the canal.
According to the company, the 25 Indian crew members who are still on board are all fine.
The ship has enough food, including fresh fruit, vegetables and drinking water, the ship’s technical management company, Bernhard Schulte Ship Management, announced on Thursday.
The canal blockade forced some ships to take the long, alternative route around the Cape of Good Hope in the southern tip of Africa, demanding additional fuel and other costs. Hundreds of other ships were waiting on the spot for the traffic jams to end.
The shutdown, which worried consumers about supply shortages and rising costs, added to tensions in the freight industry, which was already under pressure from the coronavirus epidemic.