Container ship that blocked Suez Canal allowed to leave after paying US$550m

The container ship that blocked the Suez Canal in March and has been detained there since is due to finally resume its journey on Wednesday after the owner and insurers reached a compensation settlement with the canal authority, Reuters reports.

One of the world’s largest container ships, the Ever Given became wedged diagonally across a single-lane stretch of the canal for six days, disrupting global trade.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) demanded more than US$900 million in compensation for the salvage operation and other losses, later lowered to US$550 million.

It held the ship under court order as it pursued the claim, creating a dispute with the ship’s insurers and Japanese owner Shoei Kisen. The ship and its Indian crew have been anchored for more than three months in the Great Bitter Lake, between two stretches of the canal.

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