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Subject: Suez Canal: Owner of cargo ship blocking waterway apologises

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/25/21 at 9:38 am

The Japanese owner of the giant cargo ship that has been blocking Egypt's Suez Canal since Tuesday has apologised for the disruption to global trade.

Shoei Kisen Kaisha said it was trying to resolve the situation as soon as possible, but that dislodging the Ever Given was proving extremely difficult.

The 400m-long (1,300ft), 200,000-tonne vessel became wedged across the canal amid high winds and a dust storm.

At least 150 ships are now waiting to pass through the vital maritime route.

About 12% of global trade passes through the Suez canal, which connects the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea and provides the shortest sea link between Asia and Europe.

An alternative route, around the Cape of Good Hope on the southern tip of Africa, can take two weeks longer.

The vessel, which is operated by Taiwanese transport company Evergreen Marine but called the Ever Given, is currently wedged diagonally across the waterway.

Subject: Re: Suez Canal: Owner of cargo ship blocking waterway apologises

Written By: LyricBoy on 03/25/21 at 4:14 pm

There was a time when a Japanese businessman in this predicament would “take the short blade”.  :o

Subject: Re: Suez Canal: Cargo ship ship is now freed

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/31/21 at 10:38 am

Efforts to free a container ship wedged diagonally across the Suez Canal have succeeded.

Subject: Suez canal blockage caused sulphur pollution spike

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/13/21 at 11:07 am

The log jam in the Suez canal last month produced a spike in ship pollution that was visible from space.

When the container vessel Ever Given got itself wedged in the famous waterway, it forced hundreds of other ships wanting passage to park up.

This helped push the concentration of sulphur dioxide (SO2) in the air to five times normal levels on the Mediterranean side of the canal.

SO2 is a by-product of the type of heavy fuel oils burnt by ship engines.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is on a drive currently to limit emissions of the gas because of the deleterious effects it can have on the environment and human health.

More than 350 ships got caught up in the Suez blockage, which ran from 23 to 29 March.

Subject: Egypt seizes ship that blocked Suez Canal over $900m compensation claim

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/14/21 at 5:20 am

Egypt will impound the giant container ship that blocked the Suez Canal last month until its Japanese owner pays $900m (£652m) in compensation.

One of the Ever Given's insurers, UK Club, said the Suez Canal Authority had rejected its offer to settle the claim.

It described the claim, which includes $300m for a salvage bonus and $300m for loss of reputation, as "extraordinarily large" and "largely unsupported".

The Ever Given is anchored in the Great Bitter Lake, the canal's midway point.

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