Amidst the continuing legal drama, between the Japanese Shipowner Shoei Kisen, who owns the MV Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container ships. Which recently grounded at the Suez Canal for six days, choking the international trade.
The owner says that the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) was at fault over its grounding as it disputes the vessel’s detention and a compensation claim, a lawyer representing the owner said on Saturday, 22nd May, 2021.
The vessel is currently held in a lake between the two stretches of the canal as the SCA issued a $916.5 million (later reduced to around $600 million) claim against Japanese shipowner.
Lawyers representing Shoei Kisen claimed, that the SCA has been at fault for allowing the vessel to enter the waterway amid bad weather, Ahmed Abu Ali, a member of the legal team, told Reuters, that the authority has failed to prove any fault by the ship.
Abu further stated, that recordings from the ship, that were presented to the court has showed disagreements between the SCA pilots and its control center over allowing the vessel to enter the canal.
Further increasing the complexity of the dispute, the shipowner is now demanding a $100 million compensation from the SCA, for losses incurred, due to its detention.
The court is expected to announce a decision today, i.e. Sunday, 23rd May, 2021. Two months, since that incident happened!