‘Ever Given’ interrupted Suez Canal for six days as the ‘Ever Given’ Stranded: World trade almost came to a standstill when one of the world’s largest ships, the Ever Given, interrupted the Suez Canal for six days. The huge ship the ‘Ever Given’ stranded in the Suez Canal since March 23, returned to normal after six days of strenuous efforts. The front of the ship was stuck in the sand and clay. However, it is now debatable how the Suez Canal Authority will deal with the crew on board. Of these, 25 were Indians.
Indian and maritime companies are concerned about the legal issues facing staff, including criminal charges. According to shipping industry sources, the ship’s captain and some crew are likely to face a travel ban for a few days. They are expected to be placed under house arrest pending an investigation into the incident. However, the management of Evergreen has not clarified the legal procedures to be followed by the staff.
A senior official in the shipping industry commented, “It is becoming clear that the ship’s crew is in danger of becoming casualties.” First, need to find out how the ship went in the wrong direction. Capt. Sanjay Prashar, a member of the National Shipping Board (NSB), said. On March 23, the Evergreen ship stuck in the Suez Canal. This caused a traffic jam on that route. A total of 450 ships were stranded. Most of these are goats, crude oil, furniture, and clothing shops. Bernhard Schulte Ship Management (BSSM) did not disclose the details of the 25 Indians. However, they said they were all safe and engaged in ship relief operations. The captain praised the crew.
Despite the praise on the Indian staff, legal action seems inevitable. On the other hand, the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) in Mumbai declared solidarity with the Indians on board the ship. ‘Ever Given’ contacted Indian staff and said they were ready to provide them with the help they needed.