I’m the owner/dircetor of a small UK-bsaed manufacturere who has about 12 months’ worth of components on the Ever Given and I’m worried sick about this. We’ve managed to keep going through the pandemic by bringing in extra smaller batches of components by air, but if we don’t get this stuff soon we’ll just have to close up. Without the components we simply have no business.
It’s obviously maddening to be the victim of the SCA’s piracy and extortion, but the complete lack of any information and updates on the situation from Evergreen and the other organisations whose business it is to make the shipment is truly galling. I’ve been able to get my information from NewsNow, updating my ‘Ever Given’ search several times a day, but I’m furious that there’s been next to nothing of any help passed on from the shippers.
After getting the news of the release last week and waiting several days before seeing the ship actually moving again, I was horrified to see the Ever Given drop anchor off Port Said (I’d expected it to see it berth as it had been added as a scheduled stop). I can understand the need to check out the vessel following its grounding, but can’t imagine what work there was still to do given that this was supposed to have been done whilst at anchor in the Great Bitter Lake. It can’t possibly be that the three months it was there wasn’t enough time to carry out these checks, so did the SCA prevent this work from being carried out?
Now it’s stopped again, not actually at anchor according to Vessel Finder, but just apparently drifting around of Syracuse with a few slow corrective busts, looking at the recent tracking. …and even the experienced contributors here can’t come up with any plausible reason for why this might be so.
Evergreen will no doubt justify their lack of communication during the seizure as being necessary due to the ongoing negotiations, but now that the ship is free, why the radio silence?