Investigators will likely examine the performance of the Egyptian Channel pilots on board the Evergreen ship and their relationship with the ship’s captain.
Were there any problems connecting? How experienced are the pilots and the captain navigating the canal? What challenges did they face in moving a ship this huge – the size of the Empire State Building and close to the maximum size allowed in the canal – along a single-lane artery of the waterway?
A senior canal pilot working for the Suez Canal Authority said the pilots on the Ever Given were main pilots with more than 30 years of experience. “They had the experience and the qualifications to direct this ship,” he said.
The senior pilot said the task of sailing ships through the canals has become more taxing in recent years. Ships today are much larger and carry more tonnage than those crossing the canal in the 1990s. At that time, he recalled, the oil tanker closed the canal and one tugboat towed the ship and cleared the waterway.
“Ships today are bigger than they were before,” the pilot said. “This is something new. We haven’t seen this before.”
He said that strong winds could have easily pushed Ever Geffen toward the bank, leaving the canal clogged. “This is something that happens to huge ships of this type,” said the senior pilot, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment to the media. “It can deflect when winds exceed 30 or 40 knots.”
He pointed out that the channel pilots had guided “Ever Geffen” through the channel before. “The ship crossed the Suez Canal earlier times, but it was never under such weather conditions,” he said.
Contrary to their surnames, the pilots do not actually steer the ship in the Suez Canal. The pilot works more as an advisor, using his experience and working knowledge of the canal to provide advice, for example on how to maneuver the ship or which path to steer.
The captain must be present at all times on the bridge and give orders to the pilot, engines and tugs, observing the pilot’s directions, in accordance with international maritime law. The captain must keep the pilot informed of any handling problems with the ship “so that the pilot is in a position to provide better advice to control the navigation and movement of the ship,” as required by law. Ultimately, he adds, “the entire responsibility” rests with the captain.
“The captain is solely responsible for directing the ship,” said the senior pilot. “The pilots can give their directions and opinions, but the captain can choose to refuse it.”
The role of pilots may be somewhat ambiguous among some sailors.
Rose George, Author of the bookDeep sea and alien goA book recounting a five-week journey on a container ship from Britain to Singapore, said that when she traveled through the canal in 2010, it was not clear what the aim of the Suez Canal crew was.
“We had a crew from the Suez Canal, and this is an obligation,” she said on “BBC News Hor” on Sunday. “You pay a fortune to go through the Suez Canal, about $ 100,000 to $ 300,000, but you have to take a pilot from Suez.”
“The Canal Authority says you have to take this crew on board,” said George. “You have to take a special electrician who has to operate what they call the Suez Canal Projector, which is a huge headlight with which a hole in the bow of the ship sticks to the bow of the ship, in case anything happens. And after that, there are also a few of the crew who seem to have Special skills in using the rope. “
She said the captain on the medium-sized container ship she was on had been at sea for 42 years, having crossed the canal more times than he could remember. And George recounted that he had “never seen this crew do anything except to sit in their crew cabin.”
Gregory Tilosky, a captain at the California-based Naval Experts Group, said it was too early to determine the cause of the grounding of the Evergiven, but he offered, “There is no evidence at this time to indicate the liability associated with any personnel, the Suez Canal pilots aboard the Evergiven time.” The accident occurred. “
Even if it appears that the pilot’s error contributed to the accident, Egyptian law clarifies that pilots are not responsible for any damage while they are monitoring the ship.
in a Post the demo video On Monday, Mark Philip Lorela, the chief engineer of a container ship who records his experiences under the name Chief MAKOi, acknowledged that it might sound unfair but said it was the same around the world. “Whatever the case, all obligations point to Ship, which means shipowners and their insurance companies are on a long voyage. “
Tylawsky said he is confident the industry will quickly learn from the accident. He noted that ships were required to double their hulls after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Only on Saturday, he said, Ship in Istanbul Suffered a 230 foot injury in a docking accident.
“On older design ships, the location of this rupture would be consistent with the bunker tanks, resulting in an oil spill,” said Tilosky. “This is just one of the many examples in our industry.”