Statement of Ever Given Master:
Please note the below incident which occurred during vessel’s Suez Canal Transit (Southbound) on 11 Mar’21.
Vessel picked up the first Pilot at 0424hrs before Canal entry and entered the Suez Canal (Port Said side) at 0530hrs.
Before disembarking, the pilot requested for Ciggarettes which was politely declined by master stating the zero corruption policy implemented on board as per charterers. The pilot disembarked thereafter.
First Pilot change (at Canal Entry) was from 0526hrs to 0534hrs.
The 2nd pilot (Capt. Khaled) who barded the vessel was on board till Ismalia.
The pilot was seeming a bit anxious during manoeuvring and on a few occasions tried to call out the helmsman for steering courses 0.2 degrees more than required. Master was present at all times and at no point did the helmsman execute a wrong helm order nor was any issue with vessel’s steering noted.
Before disembarking the pilot requested for Ciggarettes which was politely declined by master stating the zero corruption policy implemented on board as per charterers.
Second Pilot change at Ismalia from 1005hrs to 1013hrs.
The 3rd pilot (Capt. Khalied Mohammed Hussain Hassane – ID No.1721201) after boarding the vessel exchanged a few words with the pilot who was disembarking (in their local language) as is the general practice in Suez.
He refused to exchange pleasentaries with the Master and immediately after the 2nd pilot disembarked he said -