The container ship that closed the Suez Canal for a while in March will remain in series for now. A lawyer said that an Egyptian court ruled, on Sunday, that he does not have jurisdiction to adjudicate the confiscation case.
This is the second time that the owners of the “Ever Giffen” container ship, Shwe Kisen Kaisha, headquartered in Japan, have seen the attempt to lift the seizure fail.
The Panama flagged ship was restarted in late March after the important shipping route between Asia and Europe was closed for six days. The ship, en route to Rotterdam, was stuck in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes after a sandstorm. As a result, more than 400 other ships were delayed.
Since then, the 400-meter-long vessel has docked in a wider section of the Suez Canal. Ever Given was taken over due to a dispute between the owners and the SCA over the damage.
On Sunday, a court in Ismailia, the city on the canal, announced that it had no jurisdiction to hear the case. It also rejected an appeal filed by the ship’s owners against the seizure. It was also decided to refer the case to another court, according to the authority’s lawyer, Nasser Farag. He said that the new hearings will start on Saturday.
According to the attorney of the ship’s owners, the Securities and Commodities Authority made a mistake when it introduced Evergreen to the waterway on March 23, despite the bad weather. The channel authority has repeatedly denied its conviction.
The Suez Canal Authority initially demanded compensation of $ 916 million, but after negotiations with the owners, this amount was reduced to $ 600 million. But the owners still believed that this was still a lot.