The waters of the Red Sea were calm as the Panamax Trader made its way through the Tiran Straits, carrying a cargo of rock phosphate.

It was just after sunrise on 10 November 2014 but the tranquillity was short-lived after the 69,300-dwt bulker began to deviate from its course.

Six or seven minutes later, it made a head-on impact with a coral reef near the shore, setting in motion a chain of events that led to the London courts.