In the decision taken in the Egyptian court yesterday, it was stated that the 20,388 teu mega container ship Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal in March, will continue to be kept in the canal. The court rejected the appeal of Japanese shipowner Shoei Kisen Kaisha to the detention of the ship.
The Suez Canal Authority has been demanding $916m in damages from the six-day blockage that the huge 400 m long ship created on the waterway.
The ship has been arrested and is anchored at the Bitter Lakes area while its owner and insurance parties negotiate with Egyptian authorities over the price for its release. In the meantime, crew who have worked their contract lengths have been allowed to head home and be replaced.
Shoei Kisen has applied the International Convention on Limitation of Liability on the Ever Given, whereby it will aim to cap claims to a maximum of $115m.
The Suez Canal was brought to the agenda with the grounding of the Panama-flagged 200-ton container ship Ever Given last month, and caused great damage to the global trade. As part of the efforts to rescue Ever Given, a total of 27,000 tons of sand was dug at a depth of 60 feet, and 14 tugboats were used to move the ship from its place. It was stated that Ever Given, stucking in the Suez Canal, which connects the Mediterranean to the Red Sea and is one of the important transit points in world trade, caused an estimated $ 9.6 billion daily damage.