Cargo owners of vessel that blocked Suez Canal concerned about implications of general average

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Following some reports that the owner of the Ever Given (the vessel that had blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week recently) has declared general average, cargo owners with containers on the vessel fear a potentially complicated process to get freight released, with owners of uninsured cargo having to wait weeks or months to recover their goods. General Average is a legal principle of maritime law and requires that all cargo owners on a vessel contribute to the costs of any loss, even if their cargo is not damaged, as per a report.