MV Ever Given container ship with 25 Indian crew seized
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HYDERABAD: Has the ‘Ever Given’ been formally arrested? A delivery company in Libya, put out a tweet on Tuesday giving rise to the query.
“Egypt has formally arrested MV Ever Given container ship with a court docket order (issued by the Court of Ismailia City), pending a compensation cost of 900 million ,” MedWave Shipping Agency Libya mentioned.
It couldn’t be independently verified if the ship certainly had been ‘arrested’. But studies prompt that the ship had been ‘seized’.
National Shipping Board member Capt Sanjay Prashar mentioned he had additionally tried to confirm it. “So far, we have no official confirmation about it,” he advised TOI. “Nevertheless, it seems that the Indian crew aboard ‘Ever Given’ must be ready for a protracted haul.
Observing the state of affairs, it’s clear that the Suez Canal Authority needs compensation for the mishap. If it doesn’t get this, the difficulty will delay,” he mentioned.
This means the enormous ship with its cargo and crew can’t depart Egypt till the one billion that are reportedly being claimed by the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) is given as compensation by the shipowners or different companies related to it.
It is already 15 days that the crew have been on board because the investigation has been taken up by the SCA and different companies. The Japanese shipowner has declared ‘General Average’ which implies that each company, together with cargo homeowners, must share losses to fulfill the demand for compensation.
Whether the ship is restrained informally from crusing or formally arrested, this turns into a matter of concern for the Indian crew.
Explaining what ‘arrest’ of a ship means, Capt Sanjay Prashar mentioned the ship with its cargo wouldn’t be allowed to sail additional till the compensation is paid. “If the ship is formally arrested, the seafarers are positioned underneath home arrest till the case is resolved. They can be supplied lodging and that’s the place they must keep and never transfer out till the matter is resolved,” he mentioned.
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has been attempting for an out of court docket settlement by negotiating with the ship homeowners and different companies, additionally clearly saying that neither the ship nor the crew can be allowed to go till their demand is met.
When the ship homeowners and different companies resolve to contest the declare, the matter will inevitably result in a civil dispute whereby a sure proportion of the demanded quantity must be deposited within the court docket. In that situation, the authorities might enable the ship to depart. “But until the case is resolved, if not all the crew, officers in responsible positions on the ship may be detained and placed under house arrest,” a delivery knowledgeable mentioned. He mentioned that is the norm and it occurs in all international locations.
‘Ever Given’ went aground within the Suez Canal on March 23 and was refloated on March 29. From that day, it’s has been within the Great Bitter Lake which is a part of the Suez Canal the place an investigation has been happening on how the mishap happened.
Bernard Shulte Shipmanagement when contacted by TOI concerning the standing of the ship mentioned they might get again with the small print sought.

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