Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) announced on Friday that the Ever Given ship, which blocked navigation through the Suez Canal for nearly a week in March, has succeeded in crossing the canal on its way back to China after unloading its cargo in the UK.
According to the statement issued by the SCA, the Ever Given vessel crossed the canal as part of a convoy coming from the north adding that the authority assigned several highly experienced transit guides to be on board and two tug boats to accompany it during its trip through the canal.
“The fact that Ever Given crossed the Suez Canal for the 22nd time reflects the confidence in the Suez Canal as the fastest naval route that connects east and west, it also show the good relations between the Suez Canal and the Japanese company owning the vessel,” the statement said, quoting the SCA Chairman Osama Rabei.
The Ever Given ran aground and blocked Egypt’s Suez Canal in March for nearly a week until it was refloated on 29 March by a fleet of Egyptian tugboats and diggers.
In July, Egypt allowed the Japanese-owned ship to leave Egyptian waters, where the vessel had been seized for around 100 days, after signing a settlement agreement with the ship owner.
The settlement followed a legal dispute where Egypt asked for $550 million in compensation, down from $916 million, to cover salvage efforts, reputational damage and lost revenue.
The authority stated that during the Ever Given’s return trip on Friday 62 vessels had so far crossed the Suez Canal in both directions with a total cargo of 3.5 million tons.
According to the Vessel Finder website, the Ever Given has a few hours remaining before leaving the Suez Canal and entering the Red Sea on Friday evening.