Indian Sailors Stuck off Chinese Coast May Deboard in Japan Today, Crew on 2nd Stranded Ship Dejected
Twenty 3 seafarers stranded aboard Indian vessel MV Jag Anand off the Chinese coast for the past 10 months are set to return through Japan’s Chiba Port. However, there appears to be a hold-up.
An official stated that they will reach Chiba port on January 14 and after following treatments associated with Covid-19 protocols, they will fly back to India. A media report, however, states that the arrival in Japan has actually been accepted January 18.
The ship, ‘Jag Anand’, carrying a huge consignment of Australian coal to China, had been stuck at Jingtang port given that June.
Union Ports, Delivering and Waterways Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had also stated that another vessel, MV Anastasia, with 16 Indian nationals as its crew, was at Caofeidian port in China because September 20, was waiting for discharge of cargo.
Gaurav Singh, navigation officer on board Anastasia, informed News18 that the crew members feel disheartened as they have not received any info about their return yet. “Sailors feel that Jag Anand is an Indian-flagged ship and hence, its release was smooth due to federal government’s pressure but we are stuck due to the fact that we are Panamanian flag ship,” he said.
” Our business got in touch with the receiver of the freight to divert the vessel to Japan day before the other day and straight away he rejected the demand and mentioned that if we try to divert, we will be taken to court and team would be detained,” Singh included.
The two ships– the Swiss-Italian MV Anastasia and the Indian bulk provider Jag Anand– were transporting coking coal to China. But considering that they were refused consent by the Chinese authorities to unload their freight, they have no option but to wait it out. Nor is China enabling the shipping business to send in other sailors alleviate the crew.
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