Egypt does not want to release the container ship Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal for a week last month, until the Japanese owner Shoei Kisen Kaisha has compensated the damage of some 900 million dollars. The ship is anchored in the Bittermeren, which connects two parts of the Suez Canal, and is now officially seized.
According to one of the owners insurers, Egypt has failed to offer compensation. Whoever is responsible for the account of the blockade is legally very complicated. The owner of the ship has claimed damage.
This means that the costs will be distributed proportionally between the shipowner and the cargo owner, if there is an emergency situation. The question of whether there was force majeure or, for example, an error on the part of the crew is relevant.
The seizure affects not only the owner of the ship, but also the crew and companies carrying cargo on board. The owner has confirmed that the ship is not allowed to leave. In terms of content, Shoei Kisen Kaisha did not address the situation.