Ever Given, the containership which blocked the Suez Canal for six days, choking the global supply chain, is finally out of the Egyptian waters, where it was held captive ever since the vessel was refloated. According to MarineTraffic’s AIS data, the vessel is currently sailing in the East Mediterranean region, on it’s way to the Port of Rotterdam, it’s original destination.
The 20,124 TEU containership, which is one of the largest in the world, is currently running late by more than three long months (112) days. Due to this, the ship-owners Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. is expecting themselves to be flooded by thousands of legal claims, including, being sued by their own susbsidary, the Evergreen Group, a Taiwanese conglomerate, which operated under Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. under a long-term charter.
The cases and lawsuits would be filed and fought with, at a court in the UK. Any such claims are likely to take years, before reaching a settlement between the two parties.
The vessel was finally released on 7th July, 2021, with more than 18,000 containers onboard, and is currently sailing at a slower speed, due to the damages sustained owing to the infamous grounding.