Tunisia hits Maersk defending small ones
Maersk Line confirmed detention of one of its’ ships, ALEXANDER MAERSK, at Sfax, Tunisia, on Sep 10:
“This is related to different claims cases which we are looking into and have informed our insurance company about. We cooperate with all relevant authorities to resolve the matter as quickly as possible,” said Maersk.
According to Tunisian sources, the ship was arrested in favor of Tunisian shippers claims on losses they suffered in container ship MAERSK HONAM major fire http://maritimebulletin.net/2018/05/18/robem-all-maersk-honam-predictable-finale/
This incident, if becoming precedent, may be quite a turn in a war between small shippers and big guys like Maersk, unleashing every time there’s major accident, which called for General Average. Small shippers suffer heavy losses, which are often topping cargo loss, with a near-zero chance of justice and compensation. Whatever will be the outcome, Maersk is already suffering losses and probably, will have to compromise and compensate Tunisian shippers their losses. Tunisian unexpected move may be conveniently called as a sustainable, innovative and culturally diverse response, if switching to modern media terminology.
Quite a number of Middle East and probably, Asian countries, my follow the lead and defend their small ones in the same manner. Maybe there’s justice somewhere, sometime, after all.
ALEXANDER MAERSK is off AIS monitoring since Sep 19.
MAERSK container ship reported arrested in Tunisia
September 20, 2018
Container ship ALEXANDER MAERSK reportedly arrested in Sfax, Tunisia. The ship docked at Sfax on Sep 8, on arrival from Malta. No other information available. In recent months, the ship called Sfax twice, first call in August also being unusually long, lasting 9 days.
Container ship ALEXANDER MAERSK, IMO 9164237, dwt 17526, capacity 1092 TEU, built 1998, flag Denmark, manager Maersk Line.
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