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Suez ship's Taiwanese operator denies liability for blockage

Evergreen chief pins responsibility on vessel's Japanese owner

The Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, navigates the Suez Canal on March 29 after being fully floated to unblock the crucial waterway.   © Reuters

TAIPEI/CAIRO -- The Taiwanese operator of the giant cargo ship that blocked traffic in the Suez Canal told Nikkei on Thursday that the company is not liable for any financial damages from the incident.

"Our company is not responsible in the least," said Eric Hsieh, president of Evergreen Marine. He pinned responsibility for compensation on the ship's Japanese owner, Shoei Kisen. Evergreen Marine chartered the vessel.

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