Suez Canal chief looking to avoid legal action over stranded vessel Ever Given

Suez Canal authorities are hoping to negotiate a financial settlement with the owners of the container ship Ever Given which blocked the waterway for six days.

Lieutenant General Osama Rabie wants talks to be concluded with the ship’s owners without legal action.

He said: “We are discussing with them a peaceful resolution to the matter without resorting to the judiciary.”

He said bringing the claim to court would be damaging for Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd.

The Suez Canal Authority is looking for £700 million in compensation.

The sum considers the salvage operation, costs of stalled traffic and lost transit fees.

The Ever Given would not be allowed to leave a holding area if the claims turned into a legal dispute.

Lt Gen Rabie said investigators have analysed data from the Voyage Data Recorder.

So far, it’s not known why the vessel ran aground with its bow and stern firmly wedged in the canal’s sides.

Lt Gen Rabie said: “The case that we had was complicated and non-traditional, so there should have been a non-traditional solution.”

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