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The Ever Given was successfully re-floated within the Suez Canal at 15:04 local time on March 29th.
Yesterday it was revealed that the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) formally arrested the Ever Given pending settlement of around $916 million. An Egyptian judge granted permission for the SCA to seize the vessel after it lodged the compensation claim against its Japanese vessel owner, Shoe Kisen.
The SCA says it intends to maintain the vessel’s arrest until the claim is paid, a position that has caused fury among the ship’s insurers and ship managers, and led charterer Evergreen to investigate whether it could use a court order to treat vessel and cargo separately.
The SCA claim includes $300m for salvage and $300m for “loss of reputation”, which appears set to be rejected by the vessel’s insurer, the UK P&I Club, which revealed it had already made a compensation offer to the SCA this week.
Release from the UK P&I Club:
“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 the 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 its 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 its commercial operations.
“The claim presented by the SCA also does not include the professional salvor’s claim for salvage services, which owners and hull underwriters expect to receive separately. The P&I aspects of the claim are relatively modest, with the exception of a claim for loss of reputation, which is disputed.”
Ian Beveridge, CEO of the vessel’s manager, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), also voiced his concern over the arrest.
“The SCA’s decision to arrest the vessel is extremely disappointing. From the outset, BSM and the crew on board have cooperated fully with all authorities, including the SCA and their respective investigations into the grounding.
“This included granting access to the voyage data recorder and other materials and data requested by the SCA,” Mr Beveridge added.
Evergreen said it had begun to look at other ways to free cargo trapped on board, adding: “In order to lift the arrest order as soon as possible, Evergreen is urging all concerned parties to facilitate a settlement agreement to be reached.
“Meanwhile, Evergreen is investigating the scope of such a court order and studying the possibility of the vessel and the cargo on board being treated separately,” it said.
BMS said the Ever Given’s classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping, had completed its inspection following the incident and it had “been declared suitable for onward passage to Port Said, to be assessed again before departing for Rotterdam”.
Atlanta, GA. JAS Worldwide is pleased to announce the appointment of David Bang as Executive Vice-President, Global Pharma & Healthcare. An innovative thought leader with more than 20 years of experience across logistics, supply chain, healthcare, and life sciences industries, David has held various leadership positions throughout his career. In 2005, he co-founded LifeConEx, a joint venture between DHL and Lufthansa Airlines for bio-pharma international logistics. He became the CEO of the company in 2006, substantially expanding the network to more than 100 stations in 65 countries. Under David’s leadership, the company became a globally recognized premier provider of end-to-end temperature-sensitive logistics management solutions with more than a half billion-dollar annual sales serving the pharma and healthcare industry.
Most recently, David was Global VP Strategic Development for Hellmann where he spearheaded the global development of their healthcare network. He has also served as a Member of the Board of Rx-360, a patient safety and product integrity advocacy group for two years, and in 2019 was named as a Member of the Board at MaxQ Research, a leader in revolutionary shipping systems for sensitive biologics.
“David’s extensive accomplishments and leadership in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare sectors, along with his vision and passion for developing programs that deliver value to pharma and healthcare manufacturers and distributors, makes him the perfect candidate to build and lead this vertical”, said JAS Chief Commercial Officer, Carol Kijac. “We are very excited to have someone with his talents and skills join our team.”
“JAS will be making significant investments in resources, infrastructure and product development in this vertical and with David at the helm, we are confident we will have a strong, compliant service offering to support clients in this vertical”, added CEO Marco Rebuffi.
At JAS Worldwide the touchstone of our service is maintaining the highest standard of quality, which we uphold every step of the way. Whether you require air or ocean forwarding, or any of our other services – our four decades of experience combined with our outstanding staff and exceptional quality assurance systems, provide you with the utmost in worldwide freight forwarding services.
We’ve built our company based on customer satisfaction, and you can rest assured that your product is in the best of hands.
Our Italian heritage has ensured that, for over 40 years, JAS has been perfectly positioned to understand the nature of the unique sectors we serve. Whether it's automotive, aerospace, live animal transport, the fashion industry, or any of the other specialty markets we serve, our people have vast experience to handle your needs.
Our reach across the globe allows us to offer our clients the absolute highest quality forwarding service and supply chain management across all sectors in our portfolio.
Throughout our forty years in the freight forwarding business, JAS has handled a wide variety of forwarding transactions – and many of them. We understand the special needs that arise when working with various types of industries, and we’re adept at catering to each company’s particular requirements.
Our staff members are specifically experienced in the industries they work with, and treat each project with the attention to detail that gets your product where in needs to be, on time – every time.
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Integrity in service is corporate character paired with passion - a powerful mix of know-how, innovation, reliability, and responsibility. Our passion is to help companies work better through intelligent planning, reliable transportation, and advanced forwarding techniques.
The challenges faced by society and companies are daunting and complex. For JAS Worldwide, these "challenges" are an opportunity to enable human progress. We call this integrity in service. For instance: