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Suez Canal: 25 Indian crew of a refloated ship in “good health, will sail to Europe if the ship is in condition” | India News


The 25 Indian crew members aboard the 2 lakh-ton freighter Ever Given, which ran aground in the Suez Canal on March 23 and was successfully refloated by the canal authority with the help of foreign experts on Monday, are enjoying “good Health”. and it will not be replaced for now, and “will sail to Rotterdam (Europe’s largest seaport) if the ship is determined to be fit on a full inspection” in Egypt’s Great Bitter Lake, says an official.
The German company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), which manages the 400-meter-long cargo ship of the Japanese shipping company Shoei Kisen Kaisha, registered in Panama, said: “They (the crew) are safe and in good working order. health … Your hard work and tireless professionalism are greatly appreciated. ”
The Directorate General of Navigation, Amitabh Kumar, told TOI: “As there is no harm to the Indian crew, there is no reason so that we intervene right now. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), any ship that has suffered an accident must be investigated according to its convention. This is called “claims investigation.” The same will take place on this ship. It will be an investigative investigation. Normally, the flag state sends the report. If we receive any complaints from the company that the investigation is not impartial, then of course we will intervene. But so far we have not received any such complaints. ”
Speaking with TOI, Abhijeet Sangle, Acting Chairman of the All India Seafarers and General Workers Union, said that “BSM, which has its branch in Andheri (Mumbai), informed us that out of the 25 crew members, three They are from Mumbai, some are from Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and some from North India. However, the company did not reveal the names of the captain or other crew for security reasons. He said: “The company told us that a full inspection of the ship, including the hull and engine, and its cargo, is underway. If the ship is deemed to be in good condition, then the ship with the same crew will move to its next destination in Rotterdam without further delay. ”
The company, with the help of the channel authority, will scan the digital video recorder (DVR) of the ship’s passage through the Suez Canal and verify what caused the accident that day, he said. “They will find out who is to blame; the ship’s captain or canal pilot, who helped steer the great ship through the narrow canal. According to the rules, if a captain is responsible, he or she, the duty officer in charge, and the respective qualified sailors will be fired and may not be reenrolled. But it is too early to say anything, ”said the union president.
With the Suez Canal open, more than 422 vessels stranded on both sides of the 193 km strategic pass through Tuesday will be cleared in the coming days.
The shipping industry is critical to the existence of the global economy, as approximately 90% of the world’s food, fuel, raw materials, and manufactured goods are delivered by sea. India contributes a significant portion of seafarers to the shipping industry, as the country is recognized worldwide as a reliable source of marine labor. The DG (shipping) told TOI: “On average, India sends around 2.4 lakh of sea passengers every year. Of these, 2.1 lakh sailors work on foreign ships and 30,000 on Indian ships. ”

Times of India