• Suez Canal Authority Allows Three Crew Members to Leave Ever Given – gCaptain

    Ship Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container ships, is seen in Great Bitter Lake after it was fully floated in Suez Canal, Egypt March 29, 2021.
    REUTERS/Hayam Adel

    The Suez Canal Authority has granted permission for three crew members of the Ever Given to be relieved as to their contracts expire, the ship’s technical manager Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) has confirmed.

    BSM gave its latest update today on the status of the vessel and the 25 Indian nationals who remain on board. According to the update, all on board are “safe, in good health and good spirits,” with full internet access to communicate with their families. The vessel is also fully stocked with food, “including 20 days of fresh fruit and vegetables, and a resupply of fresh drinking water” that was completed on April 17. All crew wages have also been paid in full.

    Day-to-day operations on board the Ever Given are continuing with the crew conducting routine fire and safety drills alongside on-going planned vessel maintenance.

    At the time of the ship’s grounding, all crew members on board were within the terms of their contracts, BSM said. “However, delays in allowing the vessel to depart mean that three crew members are now due to be relieved,” and the Suez Canal Authority has granted requests to allow the overdue crew to depart the vessel, BSM said.

    “Minimum safe manning standards for the vessel will be maintained at all times and crew members who depart the vessel are being relieved,” BSM said.