Ever Given Successfully Passes Through Suez Canal On It’s Return Voyage

The Panama-flagged 20,124 TEU giant container-ship, Ever Given, has returned and passed through the Suez Canal, forty-four days after it was finally released by the Suez Canal Authorities (SCA), after being held captive for about three months, for the infamous blocking of the Suez Canal, for six days, chocking the global supply chain.

Ever Given Successfully Passes Through Suez Canal On It's Return Voyage
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This time however, the Japanese-owned 400-meter (1,312-foot) long boxship has returned to the Suez Canal from the opposite direction, and has successfully passed through, escorted by two tug-boats, Mosaed 1 and Mosaed 2. The ship passed the canal on it’s return journey, from the Port of Felixstowe in the United Kingdom, to the Qingdao Port in China. Currently, the ULCV (Ultra Large Container Vessel) is at the Red Sea, after crossing the Suez Canal, and is travelling without any cargo.

“The navigation movement in the canal witnessed today, a successful crossing of the giant Panamanian container ship Ever Given with the northern convoy (22 other ships),” said Admiral Osama Rabie, Chairman and Managing Director of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA).

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Ever Given Successfully Passes Through Suez Canal On It's Return Voyage
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After being released by the SCA on 7th July, 2021, the Ever Given departed from the Egyptian waters by 14th July, before berthing at the Port of Rotterdam on 29th July, and finally reached the Port of Felixstowe, United Kingdom, on 3rd August.

The ship was held captive in the Great Bitter Lake, which runs between the two stretches of the canal, ever since it was refloated back in 29th March, after running aground in the Suez Canal on 23rd March, 2021.

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An initial compensation claim of $916 million was made by the SCA, for covering the salvage efforts, reputational damage caused and the revenue lost, before it publicly lowered the request to $550 million. This led to a long legal battle, between the SCA and the Japanese ship-owners, as the initial offer of Shoei Kisen Kaisha was as-low-as $150 million. The two parties finally agreed to settle on an undisclosed amount, which is estimated to be approximately $200 million by the Wall Street Journal.

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