The container ship, which sank in the Suez Canal in March, was struggling to keep up due to its high velocity and the size of its rudder and could not enter the waterway in bad weather, the head of the canal authority said.
Osama Rabbi, chairman of the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), on Thursday pleaded guilty to a dispute over compensation to the owner and insurer of the Avon container ship, which was placed in the canal two months after the court dismissed him.
The avalanche jammed across the canal in high winds on March 23, blocking both traffic and disrupting world trade.
For Japanese owner Shoi Kisan, the legal team has disputed the ship’s detention and compensation claims, saying the SCA was mistaken in not providing the tugs by allowing the ship to enter.
Rabbi said the captain could hold the ship back.
“He knows the capabilities of his ship … so he can come in and say, ‘I don’t want to get in. I don’t think the weather is right,'” he told Reuters in Ismailia’s SCA headquarters.
Before the landslide, the giant ship was traveling at a speed of 2 kilometers per hour, suitable for the narrow southern water channel of the canal – above 9 k kilometers, Rabbi said.
Due to the speed, the two tug du boats were unable to cooperate with the given Ever.
“The speed was too high and the radar was not fixed,” he said.
“There were a number of technical errors, one of which was that the size of the rudder was not appropriate for the size of the ship.”
A member of Shoeisen’s legal team told Reuters on Saturday that authorities could not prove any wrongdoing on the ship.
The SCA sought 9 9.91 million (१ 1.2 billion) in damages for the obstruction, but later limited its request to मा 5050 million, including one US dollar to secure the ship’s release.
The owner has offered US 50 150 million in compensation.
Shoei Kisen has not commented on the talks.
“We have reduced our price by about 70 per cent and we have promised to provide facilities for them, but honestly their offer is not up to the level we are talking about,” Rabbi said.
The SCA said it had suffered material and prestigious losses, reducing the amount sought after receiving an estimated $$ 7 million in the value of Javelin’s cargo, much less than the initial estimate of the US billion they used. .
The ship was valued at १ US110 million, he said.
“Of course, it is logical that the amount of compensation you ask for is higher than the value of the ship and the cargo,” he said.
The court hearing on the compensation request is scheduled for Saturday.
Pendy, for a judicial decision, only had the power to leave the ship or its cargo in court, the rabbi said.