Shipowner Doun Kisen and the Japan P&I Club look to have dodged a bullet by avoiding more than two-thirds of a $90m damage claim for a crash last year at Busan.

The pair appears to have escaped punishing payouts after South Korean container terminal operator Pusan Newport and its insurers failed in a Hong Kong arrest lawsuit that sought to shift its legal action to a more claims-friendly jurisdiction.

By attempting to shift jurisdiction to Hong Kong, Pusan Newport and its insurers hoped to sidestep South Korea’s shipowner-friendly limitation of liability rules that would cap their claims to less than one-third of their total.