The freighter “The Ever Given” made headlines around the world last time it ran aground in the Suez Canal. There’s been a last-minute update on the interesting incident. The Japanese company that owns the ship is seeking ‘$900 million’ in damages.
The Suez Canal Administration (SCA) has sought about $900 million in damages from the Japanese firm over the incident, public broadcaster NHK reported, citing sources at Japanese firm Shoei Kisen, based in the province, which owns the freighter.
The Japanese firm said the compensation claim, which included shipping fee losses caused by traffic congestion and the refloating of the ship, was “unprecedented,” the request was not based on “clear principles” and it would continue negotiations with the SCA.
The 400-meter-long freighter, owned by Shoei Kisen and operated by Taiwanese company “Evergreen,” was caught in the canal on March 24 after a sandstorm slammed into the shore.
Following the work, the SCA announced on March 29 that the flotation of the giant freighter had been successful and that the canal had been opened to maritime traffic.