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Last of 400 stranded ships pass through Suez Canal as compensation case looms - ABC News

The last of 400 ships blocked at Egypt's Suez Canal have now passed through the waterway, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said.

The canal was blocked on March 23 when the Ever Given -- one of the world's largest container ships -- got stuck diagonally across its width.

The 224,000-ton Panama-flagged vessel was grounded in a narrow section of the canal after losing the ability to steer amid high winds and a sandstorm, which led to temporary suspension of navigation in the man-made waterway.

The ship was freed several days ago and all vessels that were left waiting at either end of the canal have now passed through, the SCA announced on Saturday.

Authorities have opened an investigation into the incident and the results of that inquiry should be made public early next week. 

The Ever Given is under investigation at the Great Bitter Lake, part of the Suez Canal.

Osama Rabie, chairman of the SCA, said 422 ships with a total net load of 26 million tonnes had passed through the canal since it's reopening, including 85 on Saturday.

A backhoe is trying to dig out a giant ship that has run aground, the ship is approx 5x as big as the backhoe
The closure of the canal had cost about $18 million of revenue every day.(

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Compensation claim could surpass one $US1 billion

The Egyptian government said the Ever Given would not be released until compensation was paid by the vessel's owner.

According to Mr Rabie, the loss could surpass $US1 billion ($1.3 billion).

The Ever Given's technical managers, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement, said on Monday that its initial investigations suggested a strong wind had veered the ship off course.

A cargo ship sails pat a sign the reads "Suez Canal Authority".
The SCA said "technical or human errors" may have been to blame for the ships grounding.(

AP: Ayman Aref

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However, in an interview with the privately-owned Sada el-Balad TV on Wednesday, Mr Rabie said he believed the impact of the wind was not the main reason for the incident, and that "technical or human errors" may have been to blame.

"The Suez Canal has never been closed because of bad weather," he said.

Wai Gudula, former member of the Suez Canal administration committee, said Egypt's economic losses included the costs of getting the Ever Given out using "a large number of tugboats and dredgers in the process".

He added the closure of the canal had cost about $18 million of revenue every day.

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Ever Given ship fully floated after blocking Suez Canal for almost a week

Insiders said although the total compensation has not been determined, this could be the largest ever container ship compensation case.

Linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, the Suez Canal is a major lifeline for global seaborne trade since it allows ships to travel between Europe and South Asia without navigating around Africa, thereby reducing the sea voyage distance between Europe and India by about 7,000 kilometres.

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