The last ships stranded by the grounding of a giant container vessel in the Suez Canal should pass through the waterway on Saturday, according to the canal authority, which said an investigation into the incident would report its findings soon.
They said that Suez Canal Authority investigators have been given access to the Voyage Data Recorder, also known as a vessel's black box.
The last 61 ships, out of 422 that were queuing when the MV Ever Given was dislodged on Monday, passed through the vital trade artery on Saturday, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said.
Rabei said he hopes an agreement can be reached regarding appropriate compensation "in two or three days", otherwise the Ever Given will continue to be held in the Great Bitter Lake north of the Suez Canal.
The 400-metre-long Ever Given, which was on its way from China to the port city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands, veered off course and ran aground diagonally while it was passing through the global trade route on 23 March.
Rabie said: "The Suez Canal Authority will demand more than one billion dollars in compensation from the company that owns the ship in damages for disrupting the shipping route for six days, the cost of depreciation of dredgers and tugboats, and the continuous work of teams of technicians and engineers, in addition to damage to equipment and machinery".
He added that the compensation is "the right of the country", and "it should get its due".
The costly blockage is likely to result in litigation, according to analysts, with the ship's Japanese owners, Taiwanese operators and Egypt itself all under the microscope.