Ever Given’s captain hinted to be responsible for its stranding
While investigations are in progress to establish the cause of Ever Given’s stranding, the Suez Canal Authority (SCA) chief stepped up to imply the captain could have erred in his navigating. Lt. Gen Osama Rabie said, “Maybe the captain made a mistake in a specific operation request, such as the rudder or speed, which could have led to that.”
Zero liability for SCA
While SCA negotiates with Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd on at least $1 billion compensation to release the Ever Given, Rabie was swift to claim zero liability for the SCA guide onboard the vessel. He asserted the guide had “a consultative role” but the captain “is responsible for ship operation. “The captain reserves the right to change or use any route or speed recommended by the guide. There was no error or responsibility on the part of the Suez Canal,” he said.
The Panama-flagged Ever Given carries cargo between Asia and Europe, and was on its way to Rotterdam from China. It ran aground on 23 March 2021, stalling canal traffic affecting over 400 vessels. Though the week-long stranding punctured maritime commerce, Rabie complimented the team’s effort to free the container ship within six days – restoring canal traffic on 29 March 2021.
Japanese-owned Ever Given is currently in one of the canal’s holding lakes, where investigations are in progress. Rabie added investigators analysed the ship’s black box but have yet to establish a cause. Despite initial reports’ implying the ship suffered a blackout, Rabie declined to discuss possible causes – vessel’s speed and weather.
The Jakarta Post