All that is now preventing the giant containership Ever Given from leaving the Suez Canal is the order impounding it imposed by the Suez Canal Authority pending payment of its claim against the vessel’s owner, Shoei Kisen Kaisha (see earlier story).
Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) as the technical managers of the containership says that it can confirm that extensive inspections by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as the vessel’s classification society, which included underwater inspections have been concluded.
Based on these thorough inspections, says BSM. the vessel has been declared suitable for onward passage to Port Said where she will be assessed again before departing for Rotterdam.
“The SCA’s decision to arrest the vessel is extremely disappointing,” says Ian Beveridge, CEO of BSM. “From the outset, BSM and the crew on board have cooperated fully with all authorities, including the SCA and their respective investigations into the grounding. This included granting access to the Voyage Data Recorder (VDR) and other materials and data requested by the SCA. BSM’s primary goal is a swift resolution to this matter that will allow the vessel and crew to depart the Suez Canal.”
BSM says the crew on board remain in good health and good spirits, fulfilling their duties to the highest of standards.
“BSM is in regular contact with the crew and has offered support to the seafarers’ families,” says the company. “The crew’s continued professionalism and resilience during this period is greatly appreciated.”