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Old 18th Apr 2021, 09:03
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krismiler
 
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Force majeure will probably come into play, this a common clause in contracts which essentially frees both parties from liability or obligation when an extraordinary event or circumstance beyond the control of the parties, such as a war, strike, riot, epidemic, sudden legal changes, or an event described by the legal term act of God, prevents one or both parties from fulfilling their obligations under the contract.

The ship was stuck for a week and the disruption caused ran into the billions, it would be possible to plan alternative routes but these would be more costly and time consuming. For example, more ships and crews would be needed to take into account the extra time to complete a voyage. Inventory control would need to be looked into with increased delivery times.

The whole thing is a lawyers picnic, the pilot was guiding the ship, the Captain is ultimately responsible, the canal authority allowed a ship of that size to transit and the weather conditions weren't ideal. Which country would legal proceedings be held in ? The ship is Panamanian flagged, Japanese owned, Taiwanese operated and the incident occured in Egypt.
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