Thursday, January 27, 2022

The court allows Suez Canal to hold forever: lawyers

CAIRO – An Egyptian court on Sunday dismissed a complaint from the Japanese owner of a cargo ship that blocked traffic in the Suez Canal for six days in March against the continued detention by the canal authority, a lawyer said .

The Ever Given, one of the largest container ships in the world, got stuck across the canal in heavy winds on March 23, halting traffic in both directions and interrupting world trade.

The complaint is linked to a case in the Ismailia Economic Court of Appeal in which the Suez Canal Authority is demanding $ 916 million in compensation from Shoei Kisen, owner of Ever Given, for the blockage and the operation to free the ship.

A view shows the ever given container ship in Suez Canal in this Maxar Technologies satellite image taken on March 29, 2021. (Satellite photo © 2021 Maxar Technologies / Handout via Reuters)

Ahmed Abu Ali, one of the lawyers representing the owner, referred the case back to a first-instance court on Sunday, which must consider it on May 29.

Ahmed Abu Shanab, another lawyer on the case, could file any appeal from both sides, saying the jurisprudence could continue.

In a statement following Sunday’s ruling, the SCA said it had no responsibility for Ever Given’s given basis, reaffirming that the responsibility lay solely with the ship’s captain, refuting arguments made by Shoei Kisen’s legal team. delivered a day before.

It also defends its $ 916 million claim, citing the cost of freeing the ship and a rescue bonus as stipulated in maritime law, property damage and reputational damage, and diverting some cargo away from the canal.

One boat sank during the operation to free the ship, leading to the death of a worker, the SCA said.

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