Twenty three seafarers stranded aboard Indian vessel MV Jag Anand off the Chinese coast for the previous 10 months are set to return by way of Japan’s Chiba Port. Nonetheless, there appears to be a delay.
An official stated that they are going to attain Chiba port on January 14 and after following procedures associated to Covid-19 protocols, they are going to fly again to India. A media report, nonetheless, states that the arrival in Japan has been deferred to January 18.
The ship, ‘Jag Anand’, carrying an enormous consignment of Australian coal to China, had been caught at Jingtang port since June.
Union Ports, Delivery and Waterways Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had additionally stated that one other vessel, MV Anastasia, with 16 Indian nationals as its crew, was at Caofeidian port in China since September 20, was ready for discharge of cargo.
Gaurav Singh, navigation officer on board Anastasia, advised News18 that the crew members really feel disheartened as they haven’t acquired any details about their return but. “Sailors really feel that Jag Anand is an Indian-flagged ship and therefore, its launch was easy on account of authorities’s stress however we’re caught as a result of we’re Panamanian flag ship,” he stated.
“Our firm contacted the receiver of the cargo to divert the vessel to Japan day earlier than yesterday and immediately he denied the request and acknowledged that if we attempt to divert, we will likely be taken to court docket and crew could be arrested,” Singh added.
The 2 ships — the Swiss-Italian MV Anastasia and the Indian bulk provider Jag Anand — had been transporting coking coal to China. However since they had been refused permission by the Chinese authorities to dump their cargo, they haven’t any selection however to attend it out. Neither is China permitting the transport firms to ship in different sailors relieve the crew.