2.6 C
Hamburg
Sunday, February 5, 2023
Home Most Visited State of Maryland seeks US$100 million from Evergreen

State of Maryland seeks US$100 million from Evergreen

Peter Franchot, comptroller of Maryland, has written a letter to Benjamin Tsai, president of Evergreen Shipping Agency (America) Corporation, calling on the shipping company to pay US$100 million to cover costs related to Ever Forward grounding in the Chesapeake Bay.

"I am calling on Evergreen to establish an initial $100 million Responsibility Fund now, from which relevant parties can begin receiving compensation or reimbursement for the impact this incident has caused," said Franchot in his letter.

This "responsibility fund" includes reimbursement for labor hours and resources that federal, state, and local agencies have directed towards this effort, and potential compensation for watermen and the seafood industry for this incident’s impact on their harvest season, according to Franchot.

In his letter, Franchot wrote, "this incident has caused, and potentially could cause more, environmental damage to the Chesapeake Bay. While we do not know the full scope of the environmental impact thus far, a 131,420-ton ship – carrying tons of cargo and fuel – getting stuck in our waters undoubtedly has resulted in disruptions to the Bay’s fragile ecosystem."

"Among the efforts that were employed was to dredge near and around the ship to refloat the ship. While this may have been a necessary action, among its potential consequences include damage to oyster beds and disruptions to spawning season for several species that our seafood industry – already struggling economically due to labor shortages – will harvest in the coming months," noted the comptroller of Maryland, adding that "As if these environmental disruptions are not bad enough, the very real danger of a hull breach and an oil spill is top of mind for me, and for so many leaders and Marylanders across our state. Such an incident would be an environmental and economic catastrophe for the state, the region, and the country."

Franchot pointed out, "the damage that this incident has already caused – and could potentially continue to cause – will require financial resources to correct."

He concluded, "It is my sincere hope that Evergreen takes this action as expeditiously as possible, and begins to correct the wrongs this incident caused to our Bay and our residents who depend on it for their livelihoods."

Antonis Karamalegkos
Managing Editor

Latest Posts

Virginia Inland Port gets all operational power needs from clean-energy resources

Virginia Inland Port (VIP), an intermodal container transfer facility in Front Royal, Virginia (Warren County) owned by the Virginia Port Authority, is fulfilling all...

Kalmar, Holmen Iggesund extend cooperation agreement for three years

A three-year collaboration deal that was first signed in 2019 between Holmen Iggesund, a member of the Holmen Group, and Kalmar has been extended. The...

CMA CGM becomes official partner of Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The CMA CGM Group will make its expertise available to Paris 2024, by handling the transport and logistics for all the goods, equipment, and...

MSC announces temporary suspension of Beira – Zimbabwe rail service

MSC announced that the through Bill of Landing (TBL) rail service to/from Bulawayo, Harare and Mutare to/from Beira will be temporarily suspended with immediate...

Drydocks World, Aker Solutions join forces to upgrade production at UK’s Rosebank oil and gas field

A joint venture was established by DP World-owned Drydocks World and Aker Solutions to refurbish a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel for...