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Suez Canal ship’s captain and crew ‘to be placed under house arrest’ by investigators


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's captain and crew will be put under house arrest, it is claimed

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Ever Given’s captain and crew will be put under house arrest, it is claimedCredit: Getty

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.

The container ship blocked the Suez Canal and halted international trade for six days

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The container ship blocked the Suez Canal and halted international trade for six daysCredit: EPA

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.

Union officials fear the 25 seamen will be 'scapegoats' for the chaos

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Union officials fear the 25 seamen will be ‘scapegoats’ for the chaosCredit: AP
Suez canal – Huge MV Ever Given container ship starts to sail after being freed from shoreline

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