Amid dispute, Suez Canal blames ship’s grounding on speed, rudder

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The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) alleged this week that high speed, the size of its rudder, and poor weather caused the Ever Given container ship to run aground in the Canal in late March. The SCA contends that the Ever Given was travelling up to 25 kilometres per hour, well above the appropriate 8-9 km/h expected for the Canal’s narrow southern channel, which did not allow the tugboats accompanying the ship to guide it through the channel, and also lead the rudder to not be properly aligned, resulting in the grounding. The SCA report also indicates that one of the marine units involved in dislodging the Ever Given sank in the salvage operation, causing the death of one SCA employee. The report comes amid a legal dispute between the SCA and the ship’s Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen, which asserts that the SCA was at fault for not providing adequate tugs and for permitting the ship to transit during a windstorm.

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