The all-Indian seafarer crew members on the Ever Given are in smiles as the giant cargo vessel started sailing after about four months. The ship sailed on Wednesday, March 23, when it ran aground in the Suez Canal.
The general secretary of National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) said that all seafarers had high spirits and also thanked all for the great support they received in their trying times. The crew had been in touch with families all through the period. There were 25 Indian crew members on board the vessel.
A week after it had run aground; the Ever Given had been given a refloat and has been in Egypt from then. With owners coming to a financial settlement with the Suez Canal Authority (SCA), the vessel set sail once again.
Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd (the ship’s owner) was in praise for the vessel’s captain, the officers on board and the crew that played a key role in refloating the vessel and also for its maintenance over the months.
Some seafarers had been allowed to get back to their homes in India for medical reasons. The Indian seafarers’ community has said that some who were released had already completed their tenure on the ship.
When the ship had been at the Great Bitter Lake where it had been taken to after it had been refloated, another Indian captain joined the ship.
The shipowner, SCA, and the Bernard Schulte Ship management (BSM), the ship’s manager, did not give out the names of the crew members or the captain. Indian authorities prefer not making the names public.
Ever Given will proceed to Port Said, Egypt, where a dive survey of the vessel will be completed. The ship’s owner added that based on approval, the vessel’s classification society Ever Given will complete the voyage and move on to the next port.