Suez un-Blocked: Crew members of ‘Ever Given’ ship may face criminal charges

The all Indian crew of the ‘Ever Given’ ship that became stuck in the Suez Canal for six days may face legal charges.

The 25 crew members could be placed under house arrest until an investigation is completed into the cause of the accident. The ship management, however, has not explained anything about the legal procedures the crew will have to go through.

“There is a clear danger that the crew will be made scapegoats,” the Times of India reported quoting senior shipping experts.

“Firstly, it has to be ascertained as to how the giant ship ran aground. Facts can be checked by examining and listening to conversation in the ship voyage data recorder and one can come to an understanding as to what caused the mishap.”

The container ship that was stuck in the Suez Canal for the last six days is now afloat.

Satellite footage from MarineTraffic website showed that the ship’s bow had been wrested from the shore. Authorities had brought two more powerful tugboats into the canal, bringing the total to 14 tugs working on moving the ship.

Authorities are investigating how the Ever Given became wedged in the canal. Initial reports blamed high winds and a sandstorm that affected visibility. However, over the weekend, Egyptian officials said human error may have contributed to the ship running aground.

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