Navigation experts have begun reviewing the circumstances and causes of the giant cargo ship “Evergiven” in the Suez Canal.
The Egyptian Suez Canal Authority and the Japanese company that owns the ship will participate in the investigations.
Investigations will focus on the causes of the accident and the one who caused it, the legal liability that he bears, and means of compensation for losses and damages.
The head of the Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, believes that “the reasons are complex and vary between aerial, personal and artistic.”
It will be decided through investigations and technical examination who will pay or receive compensation, and will determine the suitability of the ship to continue its voyage towards the Dutch port of Rotterdam.
The company that insures the ship, an English company called “P&A”, refused to comment to the BBC on the reported responsibility for the accident at this stage, and asked to wait until the results of the investigations are revealed.
Previous news, which has not yet been confirmed, stated that the speed of the ship at the time of stranding exceeded the limit set in the canal, while the company attributed the initial reason to the intensity of the wind speed, which reached 40 knots.
Dozens of ships have passed through the canal since it was reopened on Monday evening, six days after the navigation stopped in the 193 km long shipping lane, through which about 12 percent of the global trade volume passes, after the float of the giant vessel, which is 400 meters in length and weighs 200 thousand. Tons.
The ship ran aground in the canal and closed its course last Tuesday morning.
And the movement of navigation in the canal has been organized since 6 pm on Monday. The Canal Authority hopes that it will succeed in removing the bottleneck caused by the ship’s stranding within 3 and a half days.
It is reported that about 300 ships are waiting for their turn to cross the canal.
The head of the Canal Authority confirmed that about 113 ships would have crossed the canal by Tuesday morning.
The “Evergreen” anchored in the Great Bitter Lakes, a vast area of water midway between the northern and southern ends of the canal, after rescue teams succeeded in liberating it on Monday afternoon.
“We will not sleep, and this is a new challenge that we are working to overcome. We will work around the clock to enable all stranded ships to pass through, and we are confident that we will succeed in that,” Rabie said at a press conference on Monday evening.
The Laith Agencies Company, which specializes in providing services in the canal, said that 306 ships are waiting for their turn to traverse the canal until Tuesday morning, 163 of which are in the Red Sea at Suez, 137 in the Mediterranean off Port Said, and 6 in the Great Bitter Lake in the middle of the canal.
The time taken for ships to traverse the canal ranges from 11 to 12 hours.
What is happening to the “Evergiven”?
The giant ship is anchored in the Great Bitter Lake, where it undergoes “checks to ensure its viability,” according to the owner company, the Evergreen Marine Company.
“The result of these checks will determine whether the ship will be able to resume its scheduled voyage,” the Taiwanese company said on Monday.
The company responsible for the technical aspects of the ship, Bernhard Schollte Ship Management, said that there had been no reports of any pollution or damage to the cargo it was carrying as a result of its stranding.
The company added that preliminary investigations indicated that the ship was aggravated by strong winds, and said it was unlikely that the accident was caused by a mechanical failure.
However, the Egyptian authorities said that they are still studying the possibility of a technical defect or human error on the part of the ship’s crew or the two Egyptian guides who were on board the ship at the time of the accident.
Rabie had said that the accident was not caused by weather factors alone, explaining that many ships were able to cross the canal safely in weather conditions worse than those that prevailed at the time of the “Evergiven” strand.
He stressed that “the Suez Canal was never closed due to bad weather.”
The Egyptian official also denied that the size of the ship was a factor in its delinquency, and said that larger ships had successfully crossed the canal in the past.