Emergency announced in Suez Canal as container ship “Ever Given” returns

Egyptian authorities declared a state of emergency on Sunday since Always given, the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March, returned to the waterway with a full load and sailed from China to Rotterdam.

The 400-meter-long Panama-registered ship arrived shortly after midnight on Saturday in Suez, where it was anchored until it received the signal to cross the canal.

the Always givenAccording to Marwa Maher, a media representative for the Suez Canal Authority, the cargo is significantly heavier this time than it was when it ran aground in the Canal in March, blocking sea traffic and hitting shipping companies around the world.

A state of emergency was declared to ensure smooth passage for the huge ship, which passed fully loaded for the first time since the incident in March, the Egyptian state daily reported Al Ahram on Saturday.

The ship also sailed the 193-kilometer-long canal in August, but it was empty at that time.

On Sunday the ‘Ever Given’ entered the canal through the southern entrance and sailed in the same direction as when it was stranded in March. In August it went in the opposite direction on the way to China.

It was reportedly repaired in China for a month before heading to Europe in November.

The trip on Sunday is the 23rd trip through the canal.

Mapping data from Vessel Tracker, an online tool that tracks global maritime traffic, showed on Sunday that the ship was almost fully loaded with a draft of just under 16 meters.

A ship’s draft is the distance between the waterline and the lowest point on its body.

After the ship was made afloat again in March, it was held halfway through the canal at the Großer Bitteree until a legal dispute between the canal authority and the shipowners over the amount of compensation for the blockade, the resulting loss of income and damage to the canal was pending .

The ship left Egyptian waters after a ceremony on July 7 in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia at which the compensation agreement was signed between canal officials and the shipowner’s legal department.

Although the amount of compensation was never officially announced by the canal authority, which is characteristically silent about the inner workings of the waterway, The national received confirmation that it received $ 540 million from the owners before allowing the ship to leave Egyptian waters.

Updated: December 12, 2021, 2:20 p.m.

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