The Colonial Pipeline is back up, but gas shortages have gotten worse and it’ll take time to make up the shortfall

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A customer pumps gas at Costco, as a worker directs traffic, on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C.

  • The Colonial Pipeline shut down for several days after a cyberattack and was restored on Wednesday.
  • The pipeline transports nearly half of all fuel on the east coast of the US.
  • It will likely take days to weeks for gas stations to return to normal.
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The Colonial Pipeline was back in action Wednesday night after a cyberattack led to gas shortages and outages across the East Coast, but experts warn it could take days to weeks for gas prices and availability to return to normal.

The Colonial Pipeline is the largest pipeline of refined oil products in the US, transporting over 45% of all fuel used on the East Coast (when not affected by a cyberattack) to more than 50 million people.

Following the hack and pipeline shutdown, several states declared states of emergency because of gas shortages, including North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. As shortages and outages swept the coast, gas prices skyrocketed.

AAA’s website noted that national gas prices hit an average of $3.03 on Thursday, the highest level since 2014.

US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm announced on Thursday morning that the attempt to restart the pipeline on Wednesday night was a success.

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Echoing Granholm’s tweet, the Colonial Pipeline also released a statement on Thursday to say that each market it services should begin to receive petroleum products from the pipeline by midday.

Still, experts predict that it will take days to weeks for gas availability to return to normal – partly because people have been panic-buying and hoarding gas.

Patrick De Haan, the head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, said Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia will likely take the longest to recover.

Previous reports suggested that Colonial Pipeline would not pay the $5 million in ransom requested by the hacking group behind the attack, DarkSide, but a new report from Bloomberg indicates that the company paid the ransom in cryptocurrency “within hours” of the attack.

The hacking group behind the cyberattack, DarkSide, received $5 million in ransom from Colonial Pipeline, Bloomberg reported.

Since the attack, Colonial Pipeline’s website has added a CAPTCHA security check before entering the site, seemingly in an effort to prevent a future hack. The company has been searching for a cybersecurity manager for at least 30 days, according to a posting on the company’s open job listings.

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A former Georgia sheriff’s deputy said he wanted to charge Black people with felonies to prevent them from voting, court documents show

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Demonstrators stand outside of the Georgia Capitol building on March 3, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Cody Griggers, 28, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm.
  • He told a group text he wanted to falsely charge Black people with felonies, court filings show.
  • He was fired from his job as a Georgia sheriff’s deputy, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.
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A former Georgia deputy said he had plans to charge Black Georgians with felonies to prevent them from voting, according to court filings in the Middle District of Georgia.

Cody Griggers, 28, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of possession of an unregistered firearm. He was fired from his position in November 2020 after FBI investigators messaged the Wilkinson County sheriff about the investigation into Griggers, the Raleigh News & Observer reported.

The FBI first became aware of Griggers from a separate federal case in California regarding an associate of his, Grey Zamudio. They started investigated Zamudio after receiving a tip about Facebook posts that said “it’s up to vigilantie militia to crush the liberal terrorists.” Investigators seized Zamudio’s cell phone from a search warrant where they discovered that he and Griggers regularly communicated in a group text known as “Shadow Moses.”

According to the filing, Griggers wrote extensively in the group about purchasing illegal weapons and explosives and “expressed viewpoints consistent with white racially motivated extremists,” including positive references to the Holocaust.

In August 2019, Griggers wrote in the group that he used excessive force on a theft suspect and said the beating was “sweet stress relief.”

“I beat the s— out of a n—–t on Saturday,” he wrote. “Sherrif’s dept said it look like he fell.”

Griggers also said he planned to charge Black Georgians with felonies to prevent them from voting, the court documents show.

“It’s a sign of beautiful things to come,” Griggers said. “Also I’m going to charge them with whatever felonies I can to take away their ability to vote.”

In Georgia, felons are not allowed to vote until completing the terms of parole, incarceration, probation, and all fines are paid.

Two months after detailing his plan to strip Black Georgians from being able to vote, Griggers reiterated his desire to disenfranchise voters in the event of a second Civil War, the filing shows.

“I think it might be best to fight the next generation,” Griggers wrote in the group text. “Castrate, kill, remove voting rights, and also educate the population. Basically kill and f— the enemy out of existence.”

After executing a search warrant at Griggers’ home in November 2020, investigators said they discovered an unregistered rifle with an illegally shortened barrel. Griggers’ work vehicle was searched as well, where officers discovered several additional weapons including a machine gun with an “obliterated serial number” that was not issued to him by the Wilkinson County Sheriffs Office. In total, investigators found 11 illegal firearms.

“This former law enforcement officer knew that he was breaking the law when he chose to possess a cache of unregistered weapons, silencers, and a machinegun, keeping many of them in his duty vehicle, said Acting US Attorney Peter Leary in a DOJ release. “Coupled with his violent racially motivated extreme statements, the defendant has lost the privilege permanently of wearing the blue.”

Griggers’ sentencing is set for July 6. He faces up to 10 years in prison for the firearm charge followed by three years of supervised release and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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More than half of Americans say they feel comfortable dining indoors

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Now that COVID-19 vaccine accessibility is at an all-time high, the majority of Americans are finally ready to eat indoors at restaurants, new polling shows.

Morning Consult has tracked public sentiments about daily life during the pandemic since March 2020. As of April 25, approximately 57% of respondents said they felt comfortable eating indoors compared to the 68% of people who said they felt safe eating outdoors at a restaurant.

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But indoor dining is still one of the riskiest activities to partake in with the coronavirus still spreading. Dr. Anthony Fauci told Insider’s Aylin Woodward that after he got vaccinated, he would still be avoiding “an indoor, crowded place where people are not wearing masks,” such as bars and restaurants.

While the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention relaxed outdoor mask guidance for fully vaccinated people, the agency still recommends everyone wear masks inside restaurants and bars.

The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the restaurant industry as state and local governments set restrictions against indoor dining to prevent the airborne transmission of the virus.

A report from the National Restaurant Association said that more than 110,000 restaurants and bars closed either temporarily or for good in 2020 from the pandemic. The report also noted that restaurants brought in $240 billion less than what the National Restaurant Association predicted pre-pandemic.

As of April 28, every state allows for some form of indoor dining, but at least 30 states still have some restrictions in place regarding restaurant capacity or party numbers.

With indoor dining restrictions relaxed, many restaurants – especially chains – are struggling to hire enough workers. Some business owners claim that the congressionally granted $300 weekly boost in federal unemployment benefits has made it more difficult to employ workers, though some experts are suggesting that the problem is easily solved by simply paying the workers more.

President Joe Biden announced in early April that every American adult would be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by April 19. Before coming into office, the president said his goal was to ensure 100 million Americans received a dose of the vaccine in his first 100 days – a goal that was surpassed on March 19.

Biden later pushed the goal to 200 million vaccine doses administered by his 100th day, April 30. According to the CDC, more than 232 million vaccine doses have been administered as of April 28, meaning 30% of the total population is fully vaccinated and 43% have received at least one dose.

Kate Taylor contributed reporting.

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1 in 9 people in Puerto Rico left the territory in the last decade, new US Census data release shows

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A man waves a national flag as protesters march through San Juan May 13, 2015.

  • The US Census Bureau released its first wave of 2020 Census data on Monday.
  • The newly released data show Puerto Rico lost a ninth of its population over the last decade.
  • Earthquakes and hurricanes crippled the territory’s infrastructure in recent years.
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Puerto Rico lost a ninth of its total population between 2010 and 2020, according to the newly announced 2020 Census data.

The territory’s total population decreased 11.8% over the past decade, the largest drop of any state or territory counted in the Census. In total, about 440,000 fewer Puerto Ricans were counted in the Census in 2020 than in 2010.

Additional insights from the new Census data include:

  • West Virginia lost the greatest number of residents and decreased by 3.2%.
  • Utah gained 18.4% and was the state with the largest percent growth.
  • The total population of US and Puerto Rico combined grew 7.1%.

Destructive hurricanes rocked Puerto Rico in 2017, devastating the territory and causing a temporary shutdown of its entire power grid, more than 40,000 landslides, and close to 3,000 deaths. The territory also experienced a series of destructive hurricanes in 2019 and 2020, including 11 that were categorized as magnitude 5 earthquakes or higher.

The federal government’s response to the natural disasters in the territory took years to fully take effect after President Donald Trump withheld nearly $13 billion in aid until 46 days before the 2020 presidential election.

Read more: New York could have kept a House seat if just 89 more people had been counted in the 2020 census

The majority of Puerto Rican residents voted in favor of US statehood in a referendum included in the 2020 election season. The House narrowly voted to add Washington, DC, as a state on April 22 but has yet to vote on Puerto Rico statehood since the referendum.

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The Supreme Court will decide if New York’s limits on concealed carry violate the Second Amendment

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In this Nov. 2, 2020, file photo an American flag waves in front of the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Supreme Court punted on a case over whether the Trump administration can exclude people in the country illegally from the count used for divvying up congressional seats.

  • The Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of NY State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Corlett in the Fall.
  • The plaintiffs in the case argue that New York’s restrictions make it “virtually impossible” to obtain a gun license for public carry.
  • The Supreme Court previously granted protections for people to own guns in their homes but did not rule on firearm ownership outside the home.
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The Supreme Court is taking up a gun control case to determine if New York’s limits on concealed carry violate the Second Amendment.

The case – NY State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Corlett – raises the question of whether there is a constitutional right to carry guns outside the home.

New York’s current handgun laws date back to 1913 and require “proper cause” to obtain a concealed carry handgun license, meaning that any applicant must show “a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community.”

Several states, such as Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland, Hawaii, Delaware, and California currently have similar gun restrictions in their law books.

The case of NY State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Corlett includes two New York men who were denied public-carry handgun licenses for not meeting the “proper cause” standard. The plaintiffs claim in their Cert Petition that New York’s law makes it “virtually impossible for the ordinary law-abiding citizen to obtain a license” due to the proper cause requirements.

The plaintiffs in the case petitioned the Supreme Court to rule over “whether the Second Amendment allows the government to prohibit ordinary law-abiding citizens from carrying handguns outside the home for self-defense,” however the court agreed on a slightly different question: “Whether the state’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment.”

In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled in the District of Columbia et al. v. Heller that Washington D.C.’s former ban on handguns in the home violated the Second Amendment. The prior regulations required that any person who owned a gun had to store it unloaded and disassembled or restricted by a trigger lock when not in use. The Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment guaranteed the right to own a gun inside the home for self-defense but did not grant additional protections outside of the home.

If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs’ case against New York’s gun laws, the decision could drastically alter local government and Congressional attempts to legislate stronger gun protections and could lead to rewriting decades of judicial precedent over firearm restrictions as mass shootings inundate the nation.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Complaints of loud TV commercials are growing, and now the FCC wants your help to turn down the volume

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  • Consumer complaints about loud TV ads are on the rise, according to Insider’s analysis.
  • Now, the FCC is seeking public comment on how to enforce its rules for broadcast and cable services.
  • “I urge everyone who is annoyed to submit their complaints,” said Rep. Anna Eshoo, who wrote the law.
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It’s not just you. TV commercials are too loud, according to a growing number of complaints.

More people are complaining to the Federal Communications Commission about loud ads that are in potential violation of a 2011 law called the CALM Act.

On Monday, the FCC’s media bureau responded to a call to action from the author of the CALM Act, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), and announced it is seeking public comment about how it can better enforce the rule against noisy broadcasts. Eshoo’s letter cited a report by Insider’s Walt Hickey last month analyzing a surge in complaints over loud commercials.

“In particular, we invite consumers to tell us their experiences as they watch programming provided by television broadcasters and MVPDs,” the FCC said in its notice, using an acronym that refers to cable and satellite providers.

Notably absent here are digital streaming services, like Netflix or Hulu, which the FCC has no legal jurisdiction over.

Streamers, as Hickey pointed out in his deep-dive into the issue, “may look aesthetically similar to a cable package, but from the perspective of the FCC, you may as well ask them to regulate your toaster.”

Even so, there are still more than 120 million TV households who have not gone completely digital, and Insider’s analysis of FCC data shows the loudness problem has been steadily getting worse.

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“I authored the law to put an end to this national irritant, but complaints are rising again,” Rep. Eshoo said in a statement about the FCC’s announcement. “I urge everyone who is annoyed to submit their complaints to the FCC about loud ads to ensure violations of the CALM Act can be investigated.”

While the FCC took a generally lax approach to regulation and enforcement under former chairman Ajit Pai, the new administration appears to be taking a more active approach.

“Every now and then, the FCC seems to take steps to remind broadcasters of their obligations,” broadcast lawyer David Oxenford wrote in a blog post. “This seems to be one of those times.”

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44% of Americans feel comfortable socializing in public, a high since the beginning of the pandemic

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With the buildings of downtown Long Beach as a backdrop, beach goers lay on the sand just north of the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach, as summer-like temperatures reached nearly 90 degrees inland and thousands of people flocked to the beach on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.

  • Americans are feeling increasingly comfortable socializing in public spaces, a new poll found.
  • Morning Consult’s survey showed 44% of US adults feel safe enough to meet with friends in public.
  • The comfort level has increased 63% since January as more Americans are vaccinated.
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As COVID-19 vaccines have become more readily accessible to Americans, US adults are feeling increasingly comfortable socializing in public places, according to recent polling from Morning Consult.

Morning Consult has tracked public sentiments about daily life amid the pandemic since March 2020. As of April 12, approximately 44% of American adults said they wouldn’t mind congregating with friends in social settings – a 63% increase since the beginning of January when it was at just 27%.

The survey interviewed 2,200 people and includes a 2% overall margin of error in its results.

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Of all participants in Morning Consult’s survey, people born in Gen Z (born between 1997 and 2012) and Gen X (born between 1965 and 1980) said they felt the most comfortable socializing in public at 50% and 51% respectively.

Nearly 23% of the US population have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and nearly 37% have received at least one dose, a rapidly growing proportion as more than 3 million Americans receive a dose of the vaccine each day. The vaccination rate may decrease slightly in the coming days since authorities paused the use of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday to investigate after six people who got the shot – out of 7.2 million – developed blood clots.

The COVID-19 pandemic halted nearly all social events in the US, leading to closed restaurants, shuttered schools, and decreased travel. Insider previously reported polling of the numerous ways that the ongoing pandemic has affected American decision-making during the holiday season, presidential voting, and more.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Insider’s Aylin Woodward that he still plans on avoiding restaurants and travel despite being fully vaccinated. He said that if Americans avoid crowds for a little longer, then the country may avoid another surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

“If we could just hold on for a while,” Fauci said, “we’ll reach a point where the protection of the general community by the vaccine would really make it very unlikely that we’re going to have another surge.”

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Companies that have containers on the Ever Given could have to help pay the up to $1 billion Egyptian authorities are demanding before the ship leaves the Suez Canal

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The Ever Given container ship in the Suez Canal on March 29, 2021.

  • The Suez Canal Authority said the Ever Given can’t leave until $1 billion in damages is paid.
  • The $1 billion would likely include paying for the tugboats and dredging ships that freed the ship.
  • The owner of the Ever Given declared “General Average,” so insurance could pay some of the damages.
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Though three weeks have passed since the Ever Given first became stuck in the Suez Canal, the massive container ship is still anchored after Egyptian authorities announced $1 billion must be paid before it can leave.

“The vessel will remain here until investigations are complete and compensation is paid,” the head of the Suez Canal Authority, Lt. Gen. Osama Rabie, told a local news station.

But Rabie hasn’t publicly explained where the $1 billion estimate came from nor did he provide a breakdown of expenses from the incident.

An estimate of the damages that the $1 billion could include paying for:

  • Transit fees – Refinitiv, a London-based financial firm, estimated that Egypt lost $95 million in transit fees while the Ever Given blocked the Suez
  • Two dredger ships
  • 11 tug boats of varying size
  • Wages of 800 Egyptian workers that operated around the clock to free the ship
  • Damage to the canal
  • Other miscellaneous equipment used to free the ship, such as excavators

Abdulgani Serang, the general secretary-cum-treasurer of the National Union of Seafarers in India, likened Rabie’s $1 billion demand to a ransom and said the crew shouldn’t be held against their will while the ship is anchored and motionless.

“If the SCA has suffered losses, they can sort it out with those involved with the ship, but that cannot haul up seafarers in any manner,” Serang told the Times of India.

Serang told Insider that though they are not allowed to leave the ship, the crew are not imprisoned or on a form of house arrest.

“They are all onboard the ship and continuing with their work as required onboard,” Serang said. “Absolutely no cause to worry about their supplies, including their wages all being taken care of as per the union agreement like before the incident.”

The Ever Given’s newest challenge: insurance

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Container ship Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal, Egypt on March 27, 2021.

Neither Egypt nor the Suez Canal Authority explained who could be responsible for the full $1 billion demand, but recent filings in London’s High Court suggest that the expenses could be split between the Evergreen, its insurers, and cargo owners on the boat.

The owners of the Ever Given filed a General Average claim in early April against Evergreen Marine Corp, the company leasing the ships. The suit included 15 other defendants who would likely be asked to chip in on the bill.

General average is a principle of maritime law that requires any of the ship’s customers to share the risk and costs involved if the ship faces a tragedy or failure.

“Evergreen Marine received a notice from the lawyer representing EVER GIVEN’s owner on the 1st April which specified that the owner had filed an Admiralty limitation claim at the High Court of Justice in the UK in accordance with the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, in view of the liabilities and compensation that may occur due to the grounding incident,” a spokesperson for Evergreen told Insider.

Declaring General Average would prevent Shoei-Kisen, the owner of the ship, and its insurance from paying the bulk of damages from the shipwreck but could lead to even longer waiting times for people to receive the goods still on the ship.

The British International Freight Association announced in a statement that if a company has containers aboard the ship, they will be asked for “an indemnity or deposit,” but noted that “any standard marine insurance policy” includes General Average losses. If a company did not insure the ship, however, then a cash deposit will be necessary to receive the containers.

If a company has cargo aboard the Ever Given without insurance and cannot pay the deposit, there is a possibility that the freight could be discarded, according to a release from the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations.

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POLL: Most Americans who care about the filibuster don’t like it and want it changed

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex.

  • We asked Americans what they think about the Senate filibuster.
  • The parliamentary rule designed to delay bills for debate has been a source of heated contention.
  • Most respondents said they don’t have an opinion, but most of those who do want it changed.
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For all of the attention the Senate filibuster gets inside the beltway and in political journalism, many Americans don’t really care about it, a new Insider poll found.

The most consensus we got when we asked 1,117 people about their views on the procedure was 36% saying they don’t have a strong opinion about it.

The poll, conducted in late March, asked respondents their view on the filibuster. They were presented with the following options and asked which best describes their view:

  • I think the Senate needs to abolish the filibuster entirely (20%)
  • I think the Senate should require a “talking” filibuster, where Senators must remain on the floor to delay a bill (21%)
  • I think the current filibuster rules are fine as is (17%)
  • I think the filibuster should be expanded back to include judicial nominations (5%)
  • I don’t have a strong feeling about the filibuster (36%)

After the 36% who said they don’t care about the filibuster, the next most common response was 21% saying they’d like the Senate to require a “talking” filibuster, where senators would have to physically stand on the Senate floor and speak for as long as they can to delay a bill. Currently, a full blown floor speech is not required.

Under the current rule, at least 60 senators need to invoke “cloture” by voting to bring debate to a halt and move on.

Another 20% said they want the Senate to abolish the filibuster entirely.

Just 17% said they think the rule is “fine as is.”

The least common response was “I think the filibuster should be expanded back to include judicial nominations,” which only got 5%. Back in 2013, Senate Democrats chose the “nuclear option” to eliminate the filibuster for cabinet and judicial nominations, with the exception of the Supreme Court.

In 2015, Republicans invoked their own “nuclear option” by removing the Supreme Court exception to push through the nomination of Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Among respondents, 36% said they would likely take part in their state’s Democratic primary in 2024, compared to 31% who said they would likely take part in their state’s Republican primary.

SurveyMonkey Audience polls from a national sample balanced by census data of age and gender. Respondents are incentivized to complete surveys through charitable contributions. Generally speaking, digital polling tends to skew toward people with access to the internet. SurveyMonkey Audience doesn’t try to weight its sample based on race or income. Polling data collected 1,129 respondents March 27-28, 2021 with a 3 percentage point margin of error.

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The Ever Given’s crew is safe, still onboard, and is getting paid while the ship’s being investigated

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The “Ever Given” container ship operated by the Evergreen Marine Corporation, sails through the Suez Canal, after it was fully freed and floated.

  • Egyptian authorities are investigating the Ever Given after it blocked the Suez Canal for six days.
  • The National Union of Seafarers of India’s general secretary is hopeful the crew will be absolved.
  • The union’s general secretary said the crew will continue to be paid as the inquiry continues.
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The 25-person Indian crew of the Ever Given is stressed and tense, but is doing well as the massive container ship faces investigations after blocking the Suez Canal.

Abdulgani Serang, the general secretary of the National Union of Seafarers of India, gave Insider an update on their wellbeing on Friday.

The Egyptian government launched an inquiry into the event to uncover what went wrong after the ship became wedged in the canal and upended global trade. Investigators questioned the Ever Given’s crew on Wednesday, Suez Canal Authority Chairman Osama Rabie told local outlets, according to Reuters.

“There is a clear danger that the crew will be made scapegoats,” a senior authority in the shipping industry told the Times of India. The publication also said the Ever Given’s crew could be placed under house arrest until the investigation is completed.

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The Ever Given sits beached across the Suez Canal, blocking all traffic. The ship was re-floated on March 29.

Serang told Insider that the crew of the Ever Given is safe and awaiting the results of the investigation, and added that reports about the status of the crew have been blown out of proportion.

“We want the inquiry done so corrective measures can be taken in the future,” Serang told Insider, “but we don’t want to take a guess about house arrest. Let’s not jump the gun and just wait for the results of the inquiry.”

Despite the investigation, Serang told Insider he’s optimistic that the crewmembers won’t face consequences.

“We are hopeful that the inquiry will come out that the seafarers end up clean,” Serang said. “As of now, the reports are that it was purely a weather-related incident.”

The Ever Given was traveling faster than the speed limit of the Suez Canal before getting stuck, Bloomberg reported. Initial investigations suggested the ship became beached due to high winds and ruled out any mechanical or engine failures.

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A radar image taken by the Sentinel-1 satellite shows the Great Bitter Lake on March 31. The Ever Given is the bright ship on the lake’s eastern side.

The union secretary also said the Ever Given’s crew will continue to get paid even as the ship waits inspection in the Great Bitter Lake to determine if it can continue to its port of call.

“Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement is a company of repute,” Serang said, “and the company and union have an agreement in place. All the things will be taken care of and there is no cause to worry whatsoever.”

The owners of the Ever Given recently filed a lawsuit in the High Court of London, The Lawyer reported. According to a spokesperson for Evergreen Marine Corporation, the ship’s operators, the filing is in relation to the Merchant Shipping Act 1995 and relates to liability and compensation claims related to the beached ship.

The preemptive lawsuit was filed to limit the potential damages faced by the owners of the Ever Given and was not filed in retaliation against the ship’s crew, The Maritime Executive reported.

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