"The vessel will remain here until investigations are complete and compensation is paid,” Osama Rabie said in a TV interview late Saturday.
"We hope for a speedy agreement. The minute they agree to compensation, the vessel will be allowed to move,” Rabie added.
On March 25, the 400-meter-long (1,312-foot) Ever Given, owned by Japanese firm Shoei Kisen KK, was sailing from China to the Netherlands with almost 220,000 tons of goods when it ran aground in the canal.
Egyptian authorities have managed to refloat the ship, which is currently stranded in Egypt's Great Bitter lake area.
Rabie said the SCA estimates the losses caused by the struck ship at around $1 billion.
The SCA chairman said the authority is looking into the possibility of compensating ships that stuck at the canal due to the Ever Given incident.
Ever Given stuck in Egypt until compensation paid over Suez crisis https://t.co/ZMc7MNjsH1— Middle-East & Pakistan Times of News (@MiddleEastTon) April 11, 2021
Rabie said a “technical failure” may have caused the incident as the ship did not follow the captain’s orders. He went on to reiterate that the Suez Canal is safe for sailing and is secured by the Egyptian army.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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