INVESTIGATORS are to place the captain and crew of the container ship which blocked the Suez Canal under house arrest, it is claimed.
Union officials fear that the 25 seamen will be “scapegoats” for the chaos which halted international trade though the vital waterway for six days.
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Ever Given, which was wedged across the canal after running aground, is now being inspected after being freed by tugs.
The crew are expected to be seized by Egyptian maritime officials.
The government and seafarers’ organisations in India, where the men are from, fear they could face lengthy jail sentences.
It was suggested a sandstorm had blown the ship off course but canal chiefs said they were looking at the possibility of “human error”.
The six day blockage said to have cost more than £42billion to world trade.
The 220,000-tonne ship was due in Felixstowe, Suffolk, later this week.
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