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Department of Health and Human Services forced to pay £422,000 ‘for costs and damage incurred’ after container ship Ever Given In March 2021, the Suez Canal was blocked for six days.
According to financial documents from the government, there was government cargo on board the ship, which caused the commission.
The blockade of the canal has halted international trade through the vital shipping route, blocking cargo reportedly worth £8 billion a day.
A 400-meter-long, 200,000-ton vessel ran aground in a waterway, and compensation was paid by the Japanese shipowner to the Egyptian port authorities.
The total amount of compensation has not been made public. wall street journal reported the amount at around $200 million (£161 million).
The ship’s crew reported that they had “lost the ability to steer the ship” due to strong winds in excess of 46 mph. As a result, it ran aground and was unable to free itself.
This blocked both sides of the canal and prevented other cargo ships from bypassing it.
Ever Given had more than £700 million worth of products, including Nike shoes, Lenovo laptops and Ikea furniture. This route is one of the most popular international shipping routes, often carrying goods produced in East Asia to Europe.
It is unknown what cargo the British Ministry of Health had on board the ship.
labor sources said Me: “It’s ironic that a stranded ship has put the government in a similar position.”
Separately, costs related to personal protective equipment (PPE) have resulted in a loss of £15bn. Last year he added another £6 billion to his £9 billion spending.
Most of the cost is due to additional costs coming from PPE as the PPE purchased when the cost per unit was higher depreciates and is no longer used.
A further £319m was spent on the ongoing storage and disposal costs of excess PPE supplies.
The UK government has signed a deal to buy 37.5 billion pieces of PPE amid fears of supply shortages during the pandemic.
Storage costs are around £24 million per month, according to Ministry of Health financial reports.
Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting said the PPE spending was a “complete scandal”.
We have reached out to the Ministry of Health for comment.