Maersk sues Evergreen over Suez Canal blockage

Maersk sues Evergreen over Suez Canal blockage

Shipping giant Maersk has filed a lawsuit against the owner and operator of container ship Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March 2021.

The ship is chartered by Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen from Japan firm Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd, owner of the ship.

Maersk is claiming millions in compensation for delays caused by the incident, with sources reporting up to $43 million.

The real size of the claim has not been officially confirmed, nor has it been revealed when it was filed.

“Maersk has raised a claim against Evergreen, the ship’s owners and the technical manager at the Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court, because Maersk suffered losses in connection with Ever Given’s blocking of the Suez Canal,” a spokesperson told Reuters.

Evergreen and Shoei Kisen are yet to comment.

READ: Ship refloated after running aground in Suez Canal

The Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container ships, became stuck across the canal in high winds for six days in March 2021.

The blockage of the Suez Canal caused delays and supply chain issues for many companies around the world.

The situation was exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which had already disrupted supply chains and caused delays in the global shipping industry.

Most recently, Maersk donated some 1,000 container boxes to Turkey to aid those most impacted by the seismic earthquake that struck Turkey and Syria on 6 February

The company noted that the first containers are already being converted into container houses that will be ready to be deployed to the affected areas in the coming weeks.

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