Indian sailors will back on January 14th after remaining outside chinese port for nearly six months

2021-01-11 16:15:09 Marine News

Twenty-three Indian sailors stuck in China will return on January 14, Shipping Minister  Mansukh Mandaviya said on Saturday Jan 9.

The cargo ship MV Jag Anand which was held up outsidet chinese port for the last six months is set to sail towards Chiba in Japan, Mandaviya said.

Our seafarers stuck in China are coming to India

“Our seafarers stuck in China are coming to India. Ship MV Jag Anand, having 23 Indian crew, stuck in China is set to SAIL toward Chiba, Japan, to carry out crew change, will reach India on January 14th ” the ports, shipping and waterways minister said in a tweet.

Mandaviya acknowledged “the humanitarian approach of the Great Eastern Shipping Company towards the seafarers and standing by them in this crucial time!”

Two cargo vessels with Indian sailors on board have been on anchorage in Chinese waters as they were not allowed to unload their cargo, though some other ships have managed to do so.

On December 30, 2020, he had said that Indian sailors stuck in China will be brought back soon as diplomatic talks are on with the neighbouring country.

“Diplomatic talks are going on for this successfully. Our seafarers will come to India soon,” Mandaviya had said in reply to a query about sailors being stuck in China for the last seven months during a Cabinet briefing.

China on December 25 had said that there is no ‘link’ between the stranded Indian ship crew. The statement had come a day after the External Affairs Ministry had said that two cargo vessels with a total of 39 Indians on board have been on anchorage in Chinese waters as they were not allowed to unload their cargo.

“There is a considerable amount of stress on the crew members on account of this unprecedented situation.

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