World Suez Canal blockage: Investigators analyzing Ever Given's black box that could hold key to costly grounding
How a dredger and a fleet of tugboats helped free the Ever Given ship from the Suez Canal
It took approximately six days to free the massive container ship from the Suez Canal after preventing an estimated $50 billion in global trade.The Ever Given became lodged in the side of the Suez Canal last Tuesday. Officials suspect the ship became stuck due to high winds and a large dust storm. A previous Insider report also revealed that the container ship was traveling nearly 5 knots faster than permitted in the canal, though experts explained that speeding up is a tactic used to better control a vessel during a wind storm.
The investigation into the grounding of a massive container ship that blocked access to the Suez Canal for almost a week has turned to the black box aboard the Ever Given.
Osama Rabie, chairman of Suez Canal Authority, said an analysis of the ship's data is underway and should provide crucial details. An initial report on the costly accident could be released this week, he said.
Rabie also repeated his claim that the grounding cost his agency and Egypt $1 billion. That does not include losses faced by owners of more than 400 ships delayed by the blockage or the losses to owners of cargo on those ships. The blockage held up an, according to the German insurer Allianz.
Engineers start to refloat ship stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal
Egyptian authorities said engineers have "successfully started to refloat" the colossal cargo ship that became stuck on the banks of the Suez Canal last week. The so-called Ever Given, a 224,000-ton, 1,300-foot-long container ship registered in Panama, was freed from the shoreline as its course was corrected by 80%. The engineers, who have been trying for days to pull the fully laden vessel with tug boats, are scheduled to resume their efforts later Monday morning as the water level rises to its maximum, "allowing the ship's course to be completely straightened," according to a statement from Egypt's Suez Canal Authority.
The Ever Given is docked in a canal holding lake while the investigation takes place. Rabie suggested that failure of the ship's owners to reach an accord on damages could trigger court proceedings and delay for a year or more release of the cargo – almost 20,000, 20-foot long containers carrying goods valued at more than $3 billion.
“"We are discussing with them a peaceful resolution to the matter without resorting to the judiciary," he said, saying Egypt must recoup costs from the work done to free the ship plus suspension of navigation in the canal.
The canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, provides passage to about 12% of the world's cargo. More than 18,000 ships passed through the waterway last year.
Egypt's commerce reputation survives Suez blockage: analysts
The near week-long shutdown of the Suez Canal threw an uncomfortable international spotlight on Egypt, but experts see limited overall fallout for its commercial shipping reputation. The accident, in which a 200,000-tonne container vessel became wedged diagonally across the canal during a sandstorm, blocked a crucial shipping artery used for 10 percent or more of world trade. But fears that it could take weeks to refloat the behemoth proved unfounded. Six days into the crisis, after major operations involving a flotilla of tug boats and excavators dredging up sand, the Japanese-owned MV Ever Given was freed and taken to an unobtrusive anchorage.
The Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, apparently spun in high winds while navigating a narrow section of the canal on March 23. The 1,300-foot-long, 220,000-ton ship's bow went aground on the canal's eastern bank, the stern on the western bank. It took six days of dredging, favorable tides and a dozen tugboats pulling.
The ship is a multinational concern – owned by a Japanese firm, operated by a Taiwanese shipper, flagged in Panama and operated by an Indian crew.
Huge ship blocking Suez Canal partially refloated, more work needed
Huge ship blocking Suez Canal partially refloated, more work neededISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - A massive container ship blocking Egypt's Suez Canal for nearly a week has been partially refloated, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Monday, raising hopes the busy waterway will soon be reopened for a huge backlog of ships.
Japanese shipowner Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. said it would "fully cooperate" with the investigation. However, legal battles have already begun. Shoei Kisen, in an effort to limit liability, filed suit against the ship’s Taiwan-based operator Evergreen Marine Corp. last week in the United Kingdom’s High Court.
Evergreen has denied responsibility for any financial losses caused by the incident. Company president Eric Hseieh said agreements signed with customers do not guarantee arrival times for shipments.
Shoei Kisen also declared "general average," a maritime law principle providing that if an intentional sacrifice is made for the safety of the individuals and cargo, all parties involved proportionally share in the losses. The idea is to keep the crew from wasting time in an emergency deciding whose cargo should be sacrificed.
The general average adjuster uses a complicated formula to determine which losses qualify for general average, the total costs of the incident and the amount each party owes. Final settlement of general average can take months or even years.
Egypt's Sisi promises investment to avoid another Suez closure
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged Tuesday investment to avoid any repetition of the past week's closure of the Suez Canal as he paid a celebratory visit to the reopened trade artery. The promise came a day after the refloating of the giant container vessel MV Ever Given, which hit the eastern bank of the narrow shipping lane last Tuesday and became wedged diagonally across its span for nearly a week. "We will acquire all theThe promise came a day after the refloating of the giant container vessel MV Ever Given, which hit the eastern bank of the narrow shipping lane last Tuesday and became wedged diagonally across its span for nearly a week.
The firmsaid it has instructed an expert marine surveyor to investigate the cause of the grounding of the vessel "so that we may evaluate the merits of any potential defenses to contribution in (general average) that may be available to cargo interests."
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Ever Given is no longer blocking the Suez Canal, but Russia sees a long-term benefit from it being stuck .
Russian officials capitalized on the canal's blockage to tout the Northern Sea Route, which Moscow wants to develop into a major shipping corridor.Even as crews worked to free Ever Given, Russian officials seized on the incident to tout the Northern Sea Route, an Arctic maritime corridor on which Moscow is betting big.