“Ever Given” re-floated in Suez Canal

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Updated 13 April

Disappointed by arrest of “Ever Given”

Updated 1500 UTC 13 April 2021

On 7 April, the owners of the container vessel “Ever Given” received a claim from the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) for the sum of US $916 million. Despite the magnitude of the claim which was largely unsupported, the owners and their insurers have been negotiating in good faith with the SCA. On 12 April, a carefully considered and generous offer was made to the SCA to settle their claim. We are disappointed by the SCA’s subsequent decision to arrest the vessel today.  We are also disappointed at comments by the SCA that the ship will be held in Egypt until compensation is paid, and that her crew will be unable to leave the vessel during this time.

The SCA has not provided a detailed justification for this extraordinarily large claim. The grounding resulted in no pollution and no reported injuries. The vessel was re-floated after six days and the Suez Canal promptly resumed their commercial operations. The P&I aspects of the claim are relatively modest, with the exception of a claim for loss of reputation, which is disputed.

Owners have cooperated fully with the SCA throughout their investigation into the cause of the grounding, which we understand is now complete.  When the grounding occurred, the vessel was fully operational with no defects in her machinery and/or equipment and she was fully manned by a competent and professional Master and crew. Navigation was being conducted under the supervision of two SCA pilots, in accordance with the Suez Canal Rules of Navigation.

The vessel’s classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), completed their surveys on 4 April 2021 and issued a certificate of fitness to allow the vessel to move from Great Bitter Lake to Port Said where she will then undergo re-inspection before completing her voyage to Rotterdam. The owners will continue to negotiate with the SCA.

The UK Club is working with all parties involved. Our priority is the fair and swift resolution of this claim to ensure the release of the vessel and cargo and, more importantly, her crew of 25 who remain on board.

Background:

“Ever Given” grounded in the Suez Canal at about 0540 UTC on 23 March 2021 and following the efforts of the ship’s crew, international salvage experts and local resources coordinated by the SCA, she was re-floated at about 1300 UTC on 29 March 2021 and moved to anchor at Great Bitter Lake where she remains.

The vessel owners and managers have provided full cooperation to the SCA throughout their investigations. The vessel’s Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) data and all other requested information has been provided to the investigators.

The UK Club has insured the owner of “Ever Given” for certain third-party liabilities that might arise from an incident such as this - including, for example, damage caused to infrastructure or claims for obstruction. The vessel itself and its cargo will have been insured separately.  While the UK Club is unable to comment on any confidential insurance or potential claim details, all valid claims will be considered by the vessel owner, the UK Club and its legal advisors in due course.

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Updated 18:00 UTC 1 April 2021

“Ever Given” cooperating with all investigations

We confirm that the container vessel “Ever Given” which grounded in the Suez Canal at about 0540 UTC on 23 March 2021 is insured by the UK Club for Protection and Indemnity (third party) liabilities.

The vessel was re-floated at about 1300 UTC on 29 March 2021 and is now safely anchored in the Great Bitter Lake while hull inspections are completed to determine what repairs may be required.

The vessel owners and managers are providing full cooperation to all relevant authorities including the Suez Canal Authority and the Panamanian investigators. The vessel’s Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) data and all other requested information has been provided to the investigators.

We understand, from initial investigations, that the vessel grounded due to strong winds as it was transiting (with two canal pilots onboard) northbound through the canal en route to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The vessel’s 25 crew are all safe and accounted for. They remain onboard to assist with the ongoing investigations.

The UK Club has insured the owner of “Ever Given” for certain third party liabilities that might arise from an incident such as this - including, for example, damage caused to infrastructure or claims for obstruction. The vessel itself and its cargo will have been insured separately.  While the UK Club is unable to comment on any confidential insurance or potential claim details, all valid claims will be considered by the vessel owner, the UK Club and its legal advisors in due course. The UK Club is continuing to work with all parties involved.

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Updated 1500 UTC 29 March 2021

We confirm that the container vessel “Ever Given” which grounded in the Suez Canal at about 0540 UTC on 23 March 2021 is insured by the UK Club for Protection and Indemnity (third party) liabilities.

The vessel was re-floated at about 1300 UTC on 29 March 2021. We congratulate the teams from the Suez Canal Authority and SMIT Salvage who coordinated the successful salvage operations.

We understand, from initial investigations, that the vessel grounded due to strong winds as it was transiting (with two canal pilots onboard) northbound through the canal en route to Rotterdam, Netherlands.

All crew are safe and accounted for and there have been no reports of pollution or cargo damage.

The UK Club has insured the owner of “Ever Given” for certain third party liabilities that might arise from an incident such as this - including, for example, damage caused to infrastructure or claims for obstruction. The vessel itself and its cargo will have been insured separately.  While the UK Club is unable to comment on any confidential insurance or potential claim details, all valid claims will be considered by the vessel owner, the UK Club and its legal advisors in due course. The UK Club is continuing to work with all parties involved.

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Original Statement

“Ever Given” grounding in Suez Canal

Updated 1600 GMT 26 March 2021

We confirm that the container vessel “Ever Given” which grounded in the Suez Canal at about 0540 UTC on 23 March 2021 is insured by the UK Club for Protection and Indemnity (third party) liabilities.

We understand that the vessel grounded due to strong winds as it was transiting (with two canal pilots onboard) northbound through the canal en route to Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

All crew are safe and accounted for and there have been no reports of pollution or cargo damage. 

Expert salvors Smit Salvage have been appointed and are attending the vessel. The current focus is on dredging to remove sand and mud from around the bow of the vessel and a specialised suction dredger arrived on site yesterday to assist. Additional, and more powerful tugs are also on their way to the scene. Efforts to re-float the vessel will continue and salvage operations are being coordinated by the Suez Canal Authority.

The UK Club has insured the owner of “Ever Given” for certain third party liabilities that might arise from an incident such as this - including, for example, damage caused to infrastructure or claims for obstruction. The vessel itself and its cargo will have been insured separately.  While the UK Club is unable to comment on any confidential insurance or potential claim details, all valid claims will be considered by the vessel owner, the UK Club and its legal advisors in due course. Currently, the UK Club’s focus is to work with all relevant parties to facilitate a safe conclusion to this incident. 

More information will be given as it becomes available.

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Staff Author

UK P&I

Date26/03/2021