the hull of the Ever Given on Wednesday 31 March 2021 as the man tasked with
investigating how the giant container ship ran aground, choking off
international trade through the Suez Canal for almost a week, boarded the
The seaworthiness of the ship and its captain’s actions to be examined
Captain Sayed Sheasha, who boarded the Ever Given on Wednesday afternoon, told
Reuters that the investigation would include examining the seaworthiness of the
ship and its captain’s actions to help determine the causes.
Divers had gone to
check the hull of the ship while it is anchored in the Bitter Lakes area, a
canal source said.
The Ever Given’s
captain was committed to fully complying with the probe, Sheasha said.
The ship will remain in the lakes area until the investigations are
“The ship will
remain in the lakes area until the investigations are complete,” Suez Canal
Authority (SCA) Chairman Osama Rabie told a local television channel late on
Wednesday, adding that there was no definite time frame for the inquiry.
Rabie also said
that investigators on Wednesday questioned the crew.
“The amount of
damage and losses, and how much the dredgers consumed, will be calculated.
Estimates, God willing, will reach a billion dollars and a little bit more,
this is the country’s right,” Rabie told another local channel, without
specifying who would pay and whether Egypt has already sought compensation.
Suez Canal chairman says losses from Ever Given blockage could reach
blockage threw global supply chains into disarray after the 400-metre-long
(1,300-foot-long) ship became jammed diagonally across a southern section of
the canal, the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
The SCA said on
Wednesday that shipping had returned to normal levels, with a total of 81 ships
transiting the canal.
Agencies said on Wednesday that a total of 163 ships had transited the Suez
Canal since its reopening and that 292 ships were currently waiting.
Backlog of ships can be cleared by the end of the week
The SCA has
scheduled accelerated shipping convoys and has said it hopes the backlog of
ships can be cleared by the end of the week.
The blocking of
the canal is expected to give rise to flurry of insurance claims, with Lloyd’s
of London expecting a “large loss”, possibly amounting to $100 million or more,
according to its chairman.
The Japanese owner
of the Ever Given said it had not received any claims or lawsuits over the