Egyptians and Japanese clash over Ever Given as freighter stranded at Bitter Lake
The court ruled that legal technicality meant he couldn’t move the case forward and would have to return to the original room, creating more uncertainty, especially for the crew.
They can leave, as they are replaced on an individual basis, while the ship’s captain must remain with the ship.
“The $ 916 million is an extremely large claim,” says a maritime lawyer familiar with the process. “There was a cost to the SCA for the tugs, dredges and JCBs and there is a claim for that, but $ 300 million is a huge amount and seems hard to justify.
“For the shipowners it might be cheaper to say, ‘I’m not paying, take the boat’.”
Burt James M Turner, a shipping lawyer at Quadrant Chambers, says such a claim is not unheard of. He compares it to the “exaggerated response of the United States demanding billions and billions of dollars” after the grounding of the tanker Exxon Valdez in Alaska in 1989, or more than 600 million dollars when the Maltese tanker Erika sank in the Bay of Biscay, both of which caused major oil spills.
“Coastal countries have a fairly poor record to meet maritime claims,” he said. “With Ever Given, there was no pollution and massive damage, but there was some loss of face with the world sneering at the sheer size of the diggers produced by Egypt.
Maritime law allows rescuers to claim the rescue of a ship and its cargo, but the amount cannot exceed their value and the rescue must be voluntary.