Time.news – The traffic jam on the Suez Canal caused by the grounding of the Ever Given container ship has been completely eliminated. With the transit of the last 61 ships of the 422 that had been waiting for the obstruction, which lasted a week, the inconvenience caused by the accident of last March 23 was definitively overcome. This was announced by the Suez Canal Authority with a statement from its president, Assama Rabie.
Return to normal
The strategic maritime communication route between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean therefore returns to normal after one of the most difficult periods since its inauguration, in 1869, when it was just eight meters deep and 22 meters wide on the seabed.
The incident of March 23
On 23 March, the Panama-flagged portacointer Ever Given ran aground at kilometer 151 in Suez, blocking the southern entrance to maritime transit. After all the backlog of waiting ships has been cleared, dozens of another 24 have passed.
Meanwhile, it has been learned that Egypt could ask for a billion dollars in compensation for the problem of Ever Given. This would be the rough estimate of the losses related to transit tariffs, damage to the waterway during attempts to free the ship and the cost of equipment and labor. It is not yet clear who will have to pay for these damages.