26th March 2021
Appointed by the shipowner of EVER GIVEN, a team of experts from Smit Salvage had arrived at the scene of the grounding accident yesterday (25th of March), and discussed solutions to rescue the ship with the Captain and Suez Canal Authority immediately.
After careful assessment of the situation, the plan was to continue the ongoing efforts to clear sand and mud around the ship's bow and try to free the vessel at high tide.
It is estimated that the excavation will take at least two to three days to reach the required depth for the stranded ship to refloat. Then the salvage experts will try further to get the vessel out of the predicament at the highest tide of the Suez Canal.
Ever Given Situation Report
25th March 2021
As of 07:00 Egypt time Thursday 25th March Evergreen can confirm the following:
After 48 hours of proactive efforts to re-float Ever Given, the time chartered vessel's grounding situation has not been resolved.
The shipowner confirms that the crew, ship and cargo are all safe, and no marine pollution has materialized. There had been no black out resulting in loss of power prior to the ship's grounding.
The shipowner has appointed two maritime professional rescue teams from the Netherlands (Smit Salvage) and Japan (Nippon Salvage) to attend the ship. These teams will be working with the Captain and the Suez Canal Authority to design a more effective plan for refloating the vessel as soon as possible.
Evergreen Line will continue to coordinate with the shipowner and Suez Canal Authority to deal with the situation with the utmost urgency, ensuring the resumption of the voyage as soon as possible and to mitigate the effects of the incident.
As the vessel is chartered, the responsibility for the expense incurred in the recovery operation; third party liability and the cost of repair (if any) is the owners.
A further up-date on the situation will be made as material information becomes available.
Statement regarding Ever Given incident in the Suez Canal
24th March 2021
Evergreen Marine Corp. received a notice from the owner of EVER GIVEN that the chartered vessel ran aground in the Suez Canal at around 8 am local time on March 23.
This accident occurred at 6 nautical miles from the southern entry of the Canal as the container ship proceeded northbound through the waterway from the Red Sea.
Gusting winds of 30 knots caused the container ship to deviate from its course, suspectedly leading to the grounding.
Evergreen has urged the shipowner to investigate the cause of this accident, and work closely with Suez Canal Authority and related agencies to refloat the stranded ship as soon as possible.
EVER GIVEN is a 20,000 TEU-class container ship, currently leased by Evergreen Marine Corp. under a time charter agreement with the crew hired by the shipowner.
The ship is currently deployed on a Far East-Europe service route.
Evergreen Marine Corp. press release