(Reuters) – The Ever Given, one of the world's largest container vessels, resumed voyage to leave the Suez Canal on Wednesday, 106 days after being stranded across a southern waterway for nearly a week, disrupting global trade
The Ever Given began to move north late in the morning over Great Bitter Lake, which separates two parts of the canal and where it had moored with its Indian crew since its return on March 29.
Then he joined the back of a northbound convoy and passed the site of a ceremony where the Suez Canal Authority and representatives of the ship signed the compensation agreement that enabled the release.
Tarek Alzeki, captain of a tugboat carrying journalists, said the ship would reach Port Said at the northern end of the canal in about six hours. There it would undergo a dive inspection of the hull before sailing to its next port to empty its cargo.
"May God let it come safely," he said. "It's a beautiful thing. … Of course we are happy.
Canal sources said that Ever given would be escorted by two tugboats and guided by two experienced pilots as it sailed through the canal, one of the world's busiest waterways, towards the Mediterranean.
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The Ever Given had received land in the southernmost, single-lane stretch of the canal on March 23 as
After being unloaded, it was then held by SCA under court order while the authority sought compensation from the ship's Japanese owner Shoei Kisen and its insurers.
"We regret the consequences of the voyage Delay has had on them with cargo fixed on board," Shoei Kisen said in a statement.
"Throughout this issue, every effort has been made to minimize the delay and to ensure that the ship is released. as quickly as possible. " Compensation Claims
SCA demanded more than $ 900 million for the salvage operation to relieve Ever Given and other losses, later reduced to $ 550 million. Ever Given's owners and insurers had questioned their detention and compensation claim. [19659002"AfterlengthynegotiationsanunclearsettlementwasreachedbetweenthepartiesandSCAannouncedthattheshipwouldbereleased
The agreement stipulated that none of them would make further allegations, SCA chairman Osama Rabie told reporters on Wednesday. a lump sum and that part of it remained to be paid this month.
SCA has undertaken to keep the terms of the agreement confidential, says Khalid Abubakr, lawyer for the authority.
Yukito Higaki from Imabari shipyard, to which Shoei Kisen is a subsidiary, thanked SCA in a recorded statement.
“Our company has a large fleet of vessels and will continue to be a regular and loyal customer of the Suez Canal, which in our view remains an indispensable asset for international maritime trade, he said.
About 15% of the world's shipping passes through the Suez Canal, which is the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia. It is an important source of foreign exchange revenue for Egypt.
"There are many lessons to be learned from the in-depth investigation that is still ongoing, but we are pleased to see Ever given sail again," said Guy Platten, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Shipping.
"The ever-present incident highlights the importance of shipping to the global supply chain and the important role that sailors play in supporting the $ 14 trillion trade each year."  In the wake of Ever Giver's grounding, SCA has accelerated a plan to widen and deepen the southernmost part of the canal and to extend a second lane further north that was built in an expansion in 2015.
Rules for ships passing through the canal below severe weather conditions will not change, SCA said. Catalog