The container ship Ever Given blocked the Suez Canal in Egypt for six days in March. The ship got stuck in one of the most important waterways in the world, which disrupted world trade significantly, reports the Deseret News.
- The Ever Given turned sideways due to strong winds and a sandstorm, blocking shipping in both directions, according to the Deseret News.
The Ever Given is no longer stuck over the canal, but almost three months later the ship, crew and cargo are still stuck in Egypt, CNN said.
Why is the Ever Given crew still in Egypt?
Following the liberation of Ever Given, Suez Canal authorities seized the ship and confiscated it in the canal’s Great Bitter Lake, CNN reported. The canal authorities promptly filed a lawsuit against the Japanese shipowner Shoei Kisen Kaisha.
- Canal authorities have filed a claim for $ 916 million in damages and losses, CNN said.
While the legal battle erupts, Ever Given’s crew remains stuck on board in Egypt, according to Foreign Policy. The local authorities have yet to determine who is responsible, and until then the ship and its crew will not be allowed to sail.
- Ship crews often find themselves in litigation between shipowners and local governments, Foreign Policy said. Disputes can take years to settle, leaving crews on the ship waiting for local authorities to release them to resume the voyage.
Which products are still in the Suez Canal?
The Suez Canal authorities have confiscated all of the products at Ever Given, a total of 18,300 containers valued between $ 600 million and $ 700 million, CNN said.
- Some of the companies with products on Ever Given include IKEA, Lenovo, Snuggy UK and the bicycle manufacturer Pearson 1860.
Why are these products still delayed?
Egyptian authorities will not release the Ever Given and products on board until legal compensation is settled, CNN said. Companies with products on the ship will likely have to pay some of the severance pay.
- A maritime law called the “general average,” requires all companies with products on a ship to pay proportionally in the event of damage, CNN said.