The UK P&I Club has come out in support of the master of the Ever Given, following allegations he is to blame for the containership's Suez Canal grounding in March, which disrupted world trade for six days.

The Suez Canal Authority's (SCA) chief investigator was recently quoted as saying that it was “repeated orders” from the master of the 20,388-teu Ever Given (built 2018), issued in a short space of time, that led to the grounding.

However, the UK Club — the protection and indemnity insurer of the ship's owner, Shoei Kisen — said on Thursday that the party responsible for the safe transit of the vessel was the SCA.