Israeli Ship Seized by Sweden to Be Released Today; Funds Deposited

The Zim Israel Navigation Company, whose freighter, Nahariya, was embargoed by Swedish officials at Goetburg, Sweden, yesterday, as security for a $1,500,000 suit against Zim instituted by a Norwegian shipping firm, will sail tomorrow, Zim officials announced here today.

The Nahariya was seized at the request of the Norwegian owners of the tanker Stolt Dagali which, last month, was in a collision with Zim’s luxury liner, the Shalom, as the latter was off the New Jersey coast on the beginning of a Caribbean cruise from New York. The Norwegian line has filed suit against Zim for $1,500,000. The Israel firm, in turn, is suing the Norwegians for $3,500,000.

To release the Nahariya from its impounding in Sweden, Zim officials said today, they deposited funds in a Swedish bank to guarantee payment to the Norwegians if the latter win their suit. Zim directors at Haifa also revealed today they have made arrangements with insurance companies covering the families of the 19 Norwegian sailors lost in the collision, as well as the injured survivors of the Stolt Dagali crew, to have compensation made available immediately.

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