Evergreen Marine could seek an early release of the cargo aboard a megaship that blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March.

On Tuesday, the canal authority won permission from an Egyptian court to seize the 20,388-teu Ever Given (built 2018) over a $916m claim against shipowner Shoei Kisen.

Evergreen, which charters the boxship, said it is investigating the scope of the court order and “studying the possibility of the vessel and the cargo on-board being treated separately”.