WORLD Egyptian court delays hearing in Suez container ship compensation case

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Egyptian court delays hearing in Suez container ship compensation case

Global Times

21:09, May 30, 2021

The Ever Given, a Panama-flagged cargo ship, is anchored in Egypt's Great Bitter Lake on March 30, 2021 (Photo: VCG)

An Egyptian court on Saturday postponed a hearing in a compensation case filed by the Suez Canal authority against the owners of a container ship that blocked the canal for six days in March, giving the sides more time to negotiate, legal sources said.

The Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, became jammed across the canal in high winds on March 23, halting traffic in both directions and disrupting global trade.

The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) initially demanded $916 million in compensation from the Ever Given's Japanese owner Shoei Kisen for disruption caused by the blockage.

However, earlier this week, the SCA said it would be willing to accept $550 million.

That package includes a $200 million deposit paid to secure the ship's release and the remaining amount payable through letters of credit.

SCA Chairman Osama Rabie has said Shoei Kisen offered to pay $150 million.

A lawyer representing the ship's owner said the two sides had asked for Saturday's hearing to be postponed to allow for further negotiations.

The court has now scheduled the hearing to take place on June 20, the SCA said on its Facebook page.

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