Four weeks after running aground in the Suez Canal, where she was stranded for six days, the Ever Given, now anchored in the Great Bitter Lake and detained by the Egyptian authorities, says goodbye to three of her 25 Indian sailors.
The news was given by the vessel’s manager, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSS): the seafarers on board are all safe and well, but three of them have not completed their contract with the ship.
BSS CEO Ian Beverdige said that their priority remained the safety and well-being of their crew and that they were in constant contact with the seafarers and their families, offering all necessary support.
Mr. Beveridge added that he hoped that the ship would soon be able to resume its journey and that his company were incredibly proud of their captain and crew, who had continued to carry out their duties with great professionalism and in a manner consistent with the highest quality standards.
The crew will continue to carry out scheduled maintenance work on the ship until the situation is resolved. The Suez Canal Authority has demanded $916 million from the Ever Given’s owner, Japan’s Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd, as compensation for the damage caused in the Canal.
Discussions on compensation depend on the outcome of investigations launched by the competent authorities to establish liability. The ship has therefore been detained, but not the sailors, who are free to leave whenever they wish. What is known is that two other members of the crew were disembarked last week and replaced by two other seafarers.
Translation by Giles Foster