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Ever Given to depart Egypt on Wednesday

The giant Ever Given boxship will finally leave Egypt on Wednesday 106 days after it entered the Suez Canal on a fateful transit.

With shipowner Shoei Kisen and the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) coming to a compensation agreement the ship, carrying more than 18,000 boxes, will likely head from the Great Bitter Lake, where it has been under arrest since April, to Rotterdam.

The ship was responsible for this year’s most high profile accident when it became lodged across the canal in high winds for six days at the end of March. Egyptian authorities and the Japanese shipowner have been negotiating a compensation package for its release ever since with the SCA initially demanding $916m, something it has since scaled back. The actual final figure has yet to be revealed.

The SCA said yesterday it would hold a ceremony to mark the ship’s departure on Wednesday.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


  1. The worst words in this article are “SCA holding a Cere-mon(e)y ” or is it a money-party after having hostaged the vessel for a ridicolous amount of money ?
    Other mans detained ships being easy used as negotiation tool.
    It is a shame and many many companies, shipowner and shippers suffering big losses due to delay of more than 100 days.

    1. If all of this happened in any European country or American country then everything is fine for you & cer-mon-y is notvlikrd to be worst word

    2. Shipping industry will have to wait for a viable alternative to this route ..may be Israel will provide that in years to come .

  2. A clear case of blackmail. Piracy even. The SCA should be ashamed of itself. The SCA was totally responsible for everything that happened but it wanted to screw money out the P&I club, H&M and cargo underwriters. I suspect quite a lot of that money will vanish into friendly pockets.

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