Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), technical manager of the containership EVER GIVEN (IMO: 9709257), is working with local authorities and service providers to re-float the vessel following a grounding incident which occurred at about 05:40 UTC on 23 March 2021 in the Suez Canal. The vessel grounded due to strong winds as the vessel, with two canal pilots onboard, was transiting northbound through the canal en route to Rotterdam, Netherlands.
All 25 crew are safe and accounted for. There have been no reports of injuries, pollution or cargo damage and initial investigations rule out any mechanical or engine failure as a cause of the grounding.
Dredgers are working to clear sand and mud from around the vessel to free her. Tugboats in conjunction with EVER GIVEN’S winches are working to shift the vessel
BSM’s immediate priorities are to safely re-float the vessel and for marine traffic in the Suez Canal to resume. The continued efforts of the Suez Canal Authority and those involved in ongoing re-floating operations are greatly appreciated and BSM will continue to work closely with all parties involved in this operation.
Once re-floated, the vessel will undergo a full inspection and BSM will cooperate fully with the relevant authorities on reports of the incident.