India said on Thursday that it is closely coordinating with China to bring back 16 Indian sailors who are stranded on one Chinese water cargo ship For about four months.
Twenty-nine Indian crew members are stranded in two Chinese water cargo vessels, of which 23 MV Jag Anand is on board and returning to India.
External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said in a media briefing, “Regarding MV Anastasia, we are liaising with the Chinese authorities to change the procedure or SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) to effect a change of crew at Anchorage. Finishing up. “
“As soon as it is received from the Chinese authorities, the company (which owns the ship) is expected to start the process of crew change,” he said.
Shri Srivastava said that both the MEA and the Indian Mission in China are constantly taking up the issue of change of crew of Indian sailors on ships.
“On MV Jag Anand, who owns the Great Eastern Shipping Company, has informed that he had decided on a crew change in Chiba, Japan, where the ship would leave 23 crew members and 23 replacement crew. Will take members of. Crew members. Will be sent back from Tokyo to their home towns in India.
Earlier this month, India sought “immediate, practical and punctual” assistance for the 39 Indian sailors stranded on the two ships, given the “serious” humanitarian situation on the ships.
Citing coronovirus-related restrictions, Chinese authorities either did not allow the ships to dock or let the crew undergo changes for months.
The Indian bulk cargo ship MV Jag Anand, along with 23 Indian sailors, was at anchor near Jingtang port in Hebei Province, China since June 13 last year, while MV Anastasia, with 16 Indians, as its crew from the Cofacian from September. Have been at anchor near the port. 20.
On January 9, Union Shipping Minister Mansukh Mandavia said that Indian sailor MV Jag Anand will reach India this week.