39 Indians on ships stranded in Chinese waters, the foreign ministry says

Another ship, the MV Anastasia, is at anchor near the port of Caofeidian in China (File)

New Delhi:

Thirty-nine Indians have been aboard two ships stranded in Chinese waters in recent months and India is in regular contact with China on the matter, as well as ensuring their humanitarian needs are met, according to the Foreign Ministry. Business.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said Thursday that the bulk cargo ship, MV Jag Anand, has been moored near Jingtang Port in China’s Hebei Province since June 13 and has 23 Indian nationals as crew.

Another ship, MV Anastasia, with 16 Indian nationals as crew, has been at anchor near the port of Caofeidian in China since September 20, awaiting the unloading of its cargo, it said in a media briefing.

“Our embassy is in contact with the Chinese authorities. The Chinese authorities have communicated that due to various restrictions related to COVID-19 imposed by local authorities, crew changes are not allowed from these ports,” he said.

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Mr. Srivastava said that the owners of these shipping companies, as well as the recipients of the cargo, were informed of the reasons for the delay in unloading the cargo.

“The government continues to be in regular contact with the Chinese authorities to seek resolution of these issues as soon as possible and also to ensure that the crew’s humanitarian needs are taken into account,” Srivastava said.

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