Cargo Ships

Regional News • Middle East
Egypt seizes Ever Given ship in Suez Canal, demands $900 million in compensation
Ever Given ship
Ever Given ship Credit: kees torn, via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

An Egyptian court ordered the vessel's Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha, to pay $900 million in compensation due to losses inflicted when the Panamanian-flagged Ever Given prevented marine traffic from transiting through the vital global trade waterway.

Shoei Kisen Kaisha said insurance companies and lawyers were working on the compensation claim and refused to comment further.

UK Club, the protection and indemnity insurer for the Ever Given, said Tuesday that they had responded to a claim from the Suez Canal Authority for $916 million and questioned its basis.

Regional News • Africa
Traffic in Suez Canal resumes after Ever Given refloated
Traffic in Suez Canal resumes after Ever Given refloated
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Shipping traffic has resumed through Egypt’s Suez Canal on Monday after the container cargo ship Ever Given was successfully refloated and moved.

"The efforts to float the delinquent Panamanian container ship Ever Given are successful," so Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority.

Regional News • Africa
Suez Canal: Ever Given container ship mostly freed

The MS Ever Given, the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week, has been successfully refloated on Monday, authorities confirm.

"The container ship began to float successfully after responding to the pulling maneuvers," said Osama Rabie, head of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA). "Once the ship is withdrawn, we will resume navigation directly, and we will take it to the Bitter Lakes."

Climate & Environment
Venezuelan oil tanker now under "minimal" risk to sink
Nabarima Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

After taking on water and tilting to one side, a damaged Venezuelan oil tanker poses no significant risk of spilling and causing an environmental catastrophe, officials of Trinidad & Tobago said Thursday.

The Venezuelan-flagged Nabarima, a 264-meter (866-foot) long ship believed to be almost filled to its capacity of 1.4 million barrels of crude — had fallen inactive with the recent plunge in global energy demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic and to U.S. sanctions on the Venezuelan government that have scared away potential buyers of the country’s heavy crude.

Transportation • Public, Railway & Bus Transportation
Alert on supertanker off Isle of Wight - seven detained
Alert on supertanker off Isle of Wight - seven detained
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There was a police operation off the British coast on Sunday afternoon. British military has boeaded the ship and detained seven stowaways after the crew had been threatened by them. The authorities set up an exclusion zone around the tanker several miles.

The British Ministry of Defense has stated that "Armed forces have gained control of the ship and seven individuals have been detained,".

300,000 Seafarers stranded at sea, banned from ports
300,000 Seafarers stranded at sea, banned from ports
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The International Transport Workers' Federation estimates that around 300,000 seafarers are currently trapped at sea, unable to leave their cargo ships or dock due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Seafarers have been om board for months, some for over a year. The staff is being forced to remain aboard to keep shipping going as shipping firms are having are a hard time find new staff even though another 300,000 seafarers are onshore and unemployed.

The ITF called the situation a "humanitarian crisis". One of the ITF's surveys found that 70% had to involuntarily extend their contract and 5% of the workers weren't paid. Crew members spoke of mental health problems, supply shortages and suicidal thoughts. Several governments promised to speed up the crew change process but haven't delivered yet. The ITF said it would support seafarer strikes.