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Suez blockage ends, but Indian crew may face legal charges

Suez blockage ends, but Indian crew may face legal charges

HYDERABAD: With the container ship ‘Ever Given’ that had blocked the Suez Canal since March 23 wrenched free from the sandy bank by tug boats on Monday, the next big concern for its crew comprising 25 Indians is how the Suez Canal Authority will treat them.
Both the Indian government and the seafarers’ organisations are concerned about the legal issues that the crew may face, including the possibility of criminal charges.
According to sources in the shipping industry, one of the possibilities is that the captain and some of the crew may be restrained from travelling further.
They could be placed under house arrest until investigation is completed into the cause of the accident. The ship management, however, has not explained anything about the legal procedures the crew will have to go through.

“There is a clear danger that the crew will be made scapegoats,” a senior person associated with the shipping industry said.
Captain Sanjay Prashar, member, National Shipping Board (NSB), told TOI, “Firstly, it has to be ascertained as to how the giant ship ran aground. Facts can be checked by examining and listening to conversation in the ship voyage data recorder and one can come to an understanding as to what caused the mishap.”

News Source: The Times Of India

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