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Three Days Necessary for Traffic in Suez Canal to Return to Normal, Egyptian President Says

Three Days Necessary for Traffic in Suez Canal to Return to Normal, Egyptian President Says

The world heaved a collective sigh of relief when news broke on Monday that traffic through the Suez Canal had resumed, after a 400m-long tanker, which ran aground and became lodged diagonally across the canal for nearly a week, was refloated.

Pinos became so agitated by the potential delay of his cargo that he travelled to Egypt in breach of Covid regulations, claims the report, and persuaded officers of the Suez Canal Authority to allow him to board the Ever Given with its navigation pilots.

In the case that the Ever Given does not reply and hand over its black box then the investigations will turn into a civil lawsuit and an order to seize the ship will be issued.

The "Evergiven" ship laid down in the Great Bitter Lakes, a huge expanse of water halfway between the north and south ends of the canal, after the rescue teams managed to free the huge ship on Monday afternoon.

The Ever Given's captain was committed to fully complying with the probe, Sheasha said.

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"The amount of damage and losses, and how much the dredgers consumed, will be calculated. Estimates, God willing, will reach a billion dollars and a little bit more, this is the country's right", Rabie told another local channel, without specifying who would pay and whether Egypt has already sought compensation. It was jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds on March 23, halting shipping traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited the canal on Tuesday, a spokesman said in a Facebook post. Rabei said the compensation would cover losses from transit fees, the cost of six days of dredging and tugboat activity - and damage to the canal from the dredging.

He said he hoped the backlog caused by the blockage would be cleared in three to four days.

Shoei Kisen will discuss compensation with the Canal Authority, but will refrain from giving details for now, according to a spokesperson. The ship is owned by a Japanese firm and operated by a Taiwanese shipper.

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