Salvage teams on Monday finally freed the colossal container ship, MV Ever Given stuck for nearly a week in the Suez Canal. It ended a crisis that had clogged one of the world’s most vital waterways and halted billions of dollars a day in maritime commerce.
A flotilla of tugboats, helped by the tides, wrenched the bulbous of the leviathan-sized Ever Given from the canal’s sandy bank. It had been firmly lodged since March 23. All the 25 Indian crew members onboard the 2 Lakh tonne Cargo vessel were healthy and ‘won’t be replaced for now’.
And after the Meme fest that the Suez canal blockage caused, it seems the leviathan-sized ship is still giving Desi-vibes to the Internet, enough to keep the buzz rolling!
It is being said that the ship’s horns blared to the tunes of ‘Dhoom’, a Bollywood action-blockbuster from 2004.
A viral clip shows the ship and other boats afloat in the Suez Canal while one can hear the sound of the horns rocking the famous Desi tune. However, the authenticity of the video is unknown.
Dhoom Horns are been blown as the ship finally leaves the Suez Canal.
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The ship will now sail to Rotterdam (Europe’s Largest Seaport) if it is found fit on full inspection at Egypt’s great bitter lake, an official added.
A Times Of India report stated that the German Company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) which manages the Panama-registered Japanese shipping company Shoei Kisen Kaisha owned 400-meter long cargo vessel stated, “The crew was safe and healthy. Their hard work and tireless professionalism are greatly appreciated”.
Indian Government and the Seafarers’ organizations are concerned about the legal issues that the crew may face, including the possibility of criminal charges.
A TOI report quoted sources saying that they could be placed under house arrest until an 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”, as a shipping person associated with the shipping industry told Times Of India.