-The operators of the Ever Given might move its containers onto other ships, according to a report.
-The ship is unable to deliver its goods until $1 billion in damages is paid to Egyptian authorities.
-But transporting the containers could become a physical, legal, and logistical nightmare.

A recent news article published in the Business Insider reveals that the operators of the Ever Given ship are exploring the possibility of transferring its 18,000 cargo-filled containers to other vessels as it remains stuck in legal limbo.

•224,000-ton cargo ship

The 224,000-ton cargo ship, which ran aground in the Suez Canal on March 23 and was freed 6 days later, still hasn’t been able to leave the Suez Canal after Egyptian authorities announced it must first pay $1 billion in damages.

But the ship’s operator, Taiwanese company Evergreen Marine Corp., is facing increasing pressure to deliver its thousands of containers – filled with everything from toilet paper to coffee and furniture – to its frustrated customers.

•Customers questioning the arrival of the boxes

“Customers are asking when their boxes will be delivered after the ship seizure, and the prospect of moving the containers to other ships and delivering them to the clients in Europe is now on the table,” an unnamed source, directly involved in the matter, told the Wall Street Journal.

But any efforts to remove the 18,000, 20-foot container units from the Ever Given could become a massive physical and logistical challenge.

Possibly it requires officials to move the vessel, which is currently anchored in the canal’s artificial Great Bitter Lake, to the nearby city of Port Said.

•Additional legal trouble

The move could also create additional legal headaches, relating mainly to claims and fees surrounding the vessel and its cargo customers.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Evergreen Marine Corp. said in a statement that it is looking into the Egyptian court order “and studying the possibility of the vessel and the cargo on board being treated separately.”

•Cargo owners face additional expense

Two maritime lawyers, Bruce Paulsen and Brian Maloney of Seward & Kissel told the Maritime Executive this week: “The seizure of the Ever Given and compensation demand for salvage and other expenses by Egypt’s canal authority escalates the complexity and cost for the numerous cargo owners with property in transit aboard the vessel.”

“Barring a settlement, those cargo owners now face additional expense and delay while the vessel’s arrest is maintained,” they added.

Source: Business Insider