MSC reaches deal with Somalia over Internet disruption

Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) has reached an agreement with the Somali government on the release of MSC Alice, reports World Maritime News. Somali authorities detained MSC Alice after it was alleged to have severed an underwater cable in late June, causing a 23-day Internet blackout in Somalia. MSC did not reveal details of the agreement. Local media said the government was seeking compensation of some $10m a day. “The containership 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,” MSC said, adding that “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. “