Canal officials have told Reuters that a formal investigation has begun on Evergiven’s giant container ship stranded on the Suez Canal, suspending transportation in the world’s major waterways for nearly a week.
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) Chairman Osama Rabbi suggests weather conditions, including strong winds, and human error may have been involved in the March 23 ground contact.
The investigation will include investigating the captain’s actions to determine the ship’s seaworthiness and cause, rabies adviser Captain Saeed Shisha told Reuters.
The Evergiven captain promised to be fully compliant with the probe, Shisha said.
A six-day blockage disrupted the world’s supply chain after a 400-meter (430-yard) ship clogged diagonally across the southern part of the canal, the shortest route between Europe and Asia.
According to the chairman, the case is expected to cause a surge in insurance claims, with London’s Lloyds expecting a “big loss”, perhaps more than $ 100 million.
The Japanese owner of Evergiven said he had not received any claims or proceedings for the blockage.
Investigators had already boarded a ship on the lake that separates the two sections of the canal on Tuesday, according to canal sources and shipping agencies.
The SCA is planning an accelerated convoy to clear the backlog of more than 400 vessels piled up along the course after the canal was stranded at both ends of the canal.
He hopes to clear the queue by the weekend.