Maersk sues Evergreen for 2021 Suez Canal blockage

Maersk sues Evergreen for 2021 Suez Canal blockage


A.P. Moller-Maersk confirmed that it has filed a lawsuit against Japan’s Shoei Kisen, the owner of Ever Given, and Evergreen, the operator of the container vessel, which caused serious global supply chain difficulties, blocking the Suez Canal for a week in 2021.

”We can confirm that Maersk has filed a claim against Evergreen, the ship’s owner and the vessel’s technical manager at the Danish Maritime and Commercial High Court. The claim is related to the losses Maersk suffered during Ever Given’s blockage of the Suez Canal in March 2021,” a Maersk spokesman said.

Local media in Denmark, where Maersk’s headquarters are located, report that the claim reaches US$40 million, but the Danish container shipping company did not confirm the amount of the claim.

Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container ships, became jammed across the canal in high winds for six days in March 2021, halting traffic in both directions and disrupting global trade.

The ship is chartered by Taiwanese shipping company Evergreen from Japan’s Shoei Kisen, which owns the ship.

Evergreen did not respond to request for comment on the lawsuit.

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