Somali agrees to free MSC ship that caused internet blackout


Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has reached an agreement with the Somali government on the release of MSC Alice, the company said Wednesday. 

The ship was detained by the Somali authorities after it reportedly severed an underwater fibre cable, causing internet blackout in the country for several days.

Local media said the government was seeking compensation for losses caused by the incident, estimated to be USD10 million per day. However, MSC did not reveal details of the deal it reached with the Somali authorities. According to the company, the deal was made following an investigation into the incident with ”the relevant authorities”.

“The container ship MSC Alice is seaworthy in all respects and departed Mogadishu on 15 July. The vessel, built in 2003, will now continue to operate a dedicated feeder service in the region,” an MSC spokesperson said. “MSC Alice was cleared to leave Mogadishu after waiting at an approved location outside the port at the request of the Somali government, following an accident involving an underwater fibre-optic cable. “

The internet connection in the country was re-established on Monday after a 23-day outage.

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