An Egyptian court rejected the appeal filed by the “Evergreen” company to cancel the judicial order of precautionary seizure on the “Evergiven” ship, owned by the company and which had previously stranded at the entrance to the Suez Canal.
The company stated that it held several negotiation sessions on settling the claims of the Suez Canal Authority in an amicable manner, in order for the ship to travel, but those sessions failed in the face of unacceptable and unfair overestimation of the settlement amount, as the company said in its grievance.
The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Lieutenant General Osama Rabie, announced the seizure of the delinquent vessel “Evergifen”, after a seizure order was issued by the Ismailia Economic Court until the compensation requested by the Canal Authority, which amounted to $ 916 million, was paid, before the company that owned the ship appealed against it. the decision.
On April 14th, UK Club, one of the insurance companies on the ship “Evergiven”, expressed its disappointment with the decision to detain the ship in Egypt until the compensation requested by the Canal Authority was paid.
The UK Club Insurance Company added in its statement that the Suez Canal Authority had rejected a settlement offer, describing the authority’s claims, which include a $ 300 million bailout for salvaging the ship and another $ 300 million for loss of reputation, as “unusually large” and “unsubstantiated. so far”.
The company said that the Suez Canal Authority did not provide a detailed justification for these claims, noting that the ship’s delinquency did not result in pollution and no injuries were reported.
It also said that the claims do not include the specialized rescue company fees that were brought in to help resupply the “Evergiven”, which the owner company and another insurance company expected to pay separately.
The “Bernard Schollte Ship Management” company, which operates the ship, announced last week that the Egyptian authorities had agreed to leave 3 members of the ship’s crew.
The remaining 20 crew members, all of them Indian, are still on board.
It is noteworthy that the vessel is owned by the Japanese company “Choi Kisen Keisha”, registered in Panama, and chartered from the Taiwanese “Evergreen” company.
Rabie said earlier that the company that owns the ship is trying to reduce the amounts required as compensation for damage to the Suez Canal as a result of the accident, explaining that the company would like to pay about 10 percent of the required amount.
Rabei reiterated that what happened is not the responsibility of the channel or any of its employees, adding that the results of investigations into the accident will be announced on Thursday.
The giant ship is anchored in the Great Bitter Lake, an area in the middle of the canal’s shipping lane.
The “Evergiven”, whose length is 400 meters and weighs 220 thousand tons, drifted into the Suez Canal on the morning of March 23 last year and disrupted the course of the canal for six days, causing congestion in the Great Lakes region and at the northern and southern entrances to the canal, and the number of ships waiting reached 422 ships.