The Suez Canal Authority started an investigation into the causes of the “Evergiven” giant ship stranding in the canal, causing it to close and disrupt navigation for about a week.
And it decided not to leave the ship’s crew, or anyone on board, for the duration of the investigation, which is expected to last between seven to ten days.
The advisor of the Suez Canal Authority, Sayed Sheisha, who is one of those charged with investigating the delinquency of the ship, explained in separate television statements that if the ship refuses to respond to the investigations, it will turn into a civil case, and he will have reservations about it and its contents, and the length of litigation in this case may extend to about two years.
The investigation includes, according to Sheisha`, a former marine captain, to clarify the position of the ship’s captain and whether he had responded to the instructions of the Suez Canal Authority before its delinquency.
He also indicated that the investigators sought to find out if the ship had faults or malfunctions, what equipment it had, and whether its captain had used it before the accident, and the investigation will also seek to find out if the ship’s equipment had given its captain a warning or not.
The Egyptian investigator explained that the responsibility for “Ever Gain” is divided into two parties, the company that owns it and the company that chartered and operates the ship, because the operating company assumes responsibilities towards the ship and its sailing crew all, and indicated that this adds some complication to the matter.
The head of the Suez Canal Authority, Osama Rabie, indicated in televised statements that what he called “non-response” to the authority’s requests submitted to the ship and to the two companies that own and operate them.
Rabei said that the authority will conduct a comprehensive examination of the vessel during the investigation period.
The investigation into the causes of the accident and the legal responsibility for it, and ways to compensate the losses and damages, comes at a time when Rabei, the head of the Canal Authority, believes that “the causes are complex and varied, between air, personal and technical.”
The ship had anchored in the Great Bitter Lakes, a vast expanse of water midway between the northern and southern ends of the canal, after rescue teams succeeded in liberating it on Monday afternoon.