After a long wait, the giant oil tanker “Ever Given”, which closed the Suez Canal for a week last March and shut down global trade, has finally set sail.
Five months after the crash, the giant tanker crosses the Suez Canal on Friday and successfully sails to Asia, particularly China, where it will unload its cargo in the United Kingdom.
According to canal officials, experts and tugboats were called in to ensure a safe route during the voyage. Lieutenant General Osama Robbie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority, said in a statement that the hijacking was a sign of good relations between the owner and officials of Evergreen Shipping, the Japanese ship’s operator.
The tanker was only released in early July amid controversy over financial compensation for shutting down the canal, and officials have not released details of the settlement terms reached by both sides.
Initially, the Suez Canal Authority demanded $ 916 million in compensation, which was later reduced to $ 550 million.
In addition to the money, local sources said that the channel will also have a dugout.
According to canal officials, the money, the rescue operation, the costs of the canal transport and the tanker will lose the transportation charges for the week the canal was closed.
The tanker was en route to the Dutch port of Rotterdam on March 23 when it collided with a single-lane canal 6 kilometers north of the southern entrance near the city of Suez.
The wave-assisted tugboats were released six days after the Panama-flag tanker crash as a result of a major rescue effort.
The blockage of the canal forced some ships to use the alternative, long route around the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa, which required additional fuel and other costs, while hundreds of ships were waiting.
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