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The negotiating committee responsible for managing the negotiating and legal file of the case of the Panamanian container ship EVER GIVEN reviewed the statement of the UK Club for Protection and Compensation, and the Suez Canal Authority appreciates what was stated, about the authority’s eligibility to obtain appropriate and fair compensation covering the costs of rescue work, the due rescue reward and the losses incurred The authority during the successful rescue operation of the Panamanian ship that ran aground in the canal at the end of last March.
In this context, the authority affirms its keenness to make the negotiation process successful in order to activate the principle of good faith and take into account the extended ties and relations with one of its most important clients, without prejudice to the rights of the authority and to ensure that it reaches a fair settlement that compensates for the losses it incurred during the crisis.
The Suez Canal Authority stresses that the canal’s navigation regulation is the legal reference that defines the rights of the Suez Canal and its obligations towards its customers. The regulation includes traffic rules in the canal and all texts specifying the various responsibilities and requirements for ships transiting the canal, including maritime, logistic and rescue services.
It is worth noting that the Navigation Regulations in Clause No. 58 regarding the appointment of accompanying tugs states that the authority shall appoint two tugs accompanying container ships with a tonnage of 170,000 tons or more, “which was applied by the authority by appointing two tugs accompanying the Panamanian ship EVER GIVEN, as the regulation states in item No. 54 on The permitted speeds of ships within the navigational course, which range from 14 to 16 km/hour, according to the type of ships in transit. Accordingly, ships are obligated to apply the predetermined speeds in accordance with the navigation regulations while crossing the channel, and the responsibility for exceeding these speeds rests with the ship’s master alone.