The Ever Given Ship Departs Egypt
The Ship that blocked the Suez Canal a few months ago, Ever Given, leaves the Egyptian waters after inspections at Port Said were conducted.
A Suez Canal source said that the huge Ever Given container ship that had blocked the Canal's waterway last March, left the Egyptian waters today, Thursday, following inspections at Port Said.
Data provided by ship tracker "Marine Traffic" showed that the Ever Given is sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, up towards the north of the Egyptian coast.
Lt. Gen. Osama Rabei, Head of the Suez Canal, had announced a few days ago that "a deal that achieved justice and prioritized both parties' interests has been reached," thanking all parties involved in reaching the satisfactory deal on the Ever Given crisis.
In a press conference, Rabei denied the existence of secret terms in the agreement signed with the Ever Given owners, according to which the ship was released, today Tuesday, after being impounded by the Egyptian Authorities having disrupted navigation in the Suez Canal.
He also asserted that "there were no secret terms in the agreement, and we received the 'compensation' amount before the ship departed," adding, "We have preserved the interests of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) and those of our partners."
Rabei denied providing incentives to the owner company, but he highlighted providing "reduction in the Canal transit fees to the affected companies that did not receive compensation from the ship's owner company."
He said that "the Canal will receive a tug boat from the Ever Given's owner company as a gift, in return for all the efforts exerted, and the tug boat is expected to arrive within a year."
It is reported that the "Ever Given" has started its sailing from the Bitter Lakes to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.