Maersk goes to court for financial loss during Suez Canal blockade
Maersk has filed a case at the Maritime and Commercial Court in Denmark against, among others, competitor Evergreen and ship manager Schulte Group for the blockade of the Suez Canal by container ship ‘Ever Given’ in 2021. Maersk is claiming damages of 300 million Danish kroner (44 million euros).
This is reported by the maritime news site ShippingWatch. The ‘Ever Given’ blocked the Suez Canal for almost a week two years ago, causing enormous delays for all shipping traffic between Asia and Europe. Maersk has calculated that about fifty of its ships were delayed by the incident at the time.
‘Ship owner responsible’
The news about the case at the Maritime and Commercial Court has been confirmed to ShippingWatch by the Schulte Group, which at the time was responsible, among other things, for hiring the crew. The company says it is confident that the case will have a successful outcome.
At an earlier stage, Evergreen had already stated that the ship owner whose ship was chartered, and not Evergreen, should be held accountable for the damage resulting from the “Ever Given” drama. Maersk has responded that it does not provide information on pending legal issues.
This article was originally published on Nieuwsblad Transport, a Dutch sister company.