The enormous Ever Provided container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for 6 times could be seized by Egyptian courts as the waterway’s operators fight for payment induced by the disruption.

A court in the Egyptian town of Ismailia has granted a ask for by the Suez Canal Authority to seize the two hundred,000 tonne, one,312ft vessel, local media reported.

Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie stated the hulking Ever Provided would not be permitted to depart the nation until eventually a payment quantity is settled on with the vessel’s Japanese proprietor, Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd.

“The vessel is now formally impounded,” he explained to Egypt’s state-run tv. “They do not want to pay anything.”

There was no immediate remark from the vessel’s proprietor.

The authority, which is based mostly in Ismailia, is reported to be seeking $900m in payment for the disruption induced by the ship functioning aground in the canal on March 23.    

Ahram Gate, a information website run by the Egyptian government, stated the court purchase would help the canal authority reclaim the fees it incurred from the blockage.

Loss of revenue from transit expenses, which commence at about $one hundred,000 for every ship, ran to $15m a day.

The canal operator is also seeking payment for repairs to problems induced when the Ever Provided strike the correct hand-financial institution of the waterway, along with fees related to dredging and salvage function.