April 5, 2021 – As the investigation into the grounding of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal begins, the vessel’s Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen, on April 1 declared General Average. While there is no reported damage to the cargo, and that to the vessel appears to be minimal, the cost of the salvage operation, which ultimately required 11 tugs and two dredgers, as well as possible compensation claims from a variety of interests such as the Suez Canal Authority or shipping companies caught up in the backlog, could amount to a sizeable bill. Canaan Transport will be in touch with customers whose cargo has been affected.