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Dislodged ship held in Suez Canal as compensation talks continue



(Reuters) – A ship that blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week in March has not been allowed to leave the waterway as discussions continue about a claim for compensation made to the ship's owner, Shoei Kisen, a Japanese official told the company on Tuesday.

The Ever given has been in a lake that separates two parts of the canal since it was unloaded on March 29, as the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) is conducting investigations.

Yumi Shinohara, Deputy Head of Shoei Kisen's Fleet Management Department, confirmed that the channel had made a claim but provided no further details.

A source with SCA, who declined the name, told Reuters that a court order had been issued for the ship to be kept and added that negotiations are still ongoing.

The results of SCA's investigation were expected to be published at the end of the week, two channel sources added.

SCA President Osama Rabie said on Egyptian television last week that Ever Giv sv would not leave until the investigation was completed and compensation was paid. He also said the canal had suffered "major moral damage", as well as losses on freight charges and salvage operating costs. He has also said that he hoped to be able to resolve the matter in a friendly order.

International supply chains were thrown into disarray when 400 meters (430 yards) Ever given ran aground in the canal on 23 March.

Special rescue teams took six days to free the ship, delay the passage of more than 400 ships and divert others around Africa.

Industry sources told Reuters last week that reinsurance companies would set most of the bill for the ship's ground, with payouts expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

Ships usually have protection and indemnity insurance (P&I), which covers claims from third parties, including environmental damage and damage. Separate hull and engine policies cover vessels against physical damage.

Shoei Kisen said that the ship's P&I insurer, U.K. Club, had received compensation claims for the delays. The UK Club told Reuters that "a handful of allegations" had been received, which further reduced comments.

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