In glad tidings, 23 Indian crew members aboard the ship ‘MV Jag Anand’ caught off China for over six months, had been allowed to set sail for a port in Japan on Saturday night, the Nationwide Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) stated.
NUSI Normal Secretary Abdulgani Y. Serang stated that these crew members, together with their counterparts on one other ship, ‘MV Anastasia’, had been stranded off the China anchorage since six months.
“The 23 crew of the ship MV Jag Anand have lifted anchor, and cleared to sail and attain Chiba port, Japan by January 14. The crew change will happen there and after finishing the Covid-19 formalities, they’ll begin on their return journey to India,” Serang stated.
The NUSI is hopeful that the crew of ‘MV Anastasia’ additionally shall be accorded comparable clearances quickly as their anxious households in India await their return.
After having been at sea for greater than 18 months, and within the clutches of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the seafarers on each ships actually discovered themselves on a ‘floating jail’ as they had been unwittingly caught in a political tussle between China and Australia despite the fact that many had been unwell and wanted pressing medical consideration.
In Mumbai, Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi had strongly taken up their trigger with the Centre after which the Indian authorities adopted up the difficulty on the diplomatic ranges, culminating within the newest improvement and their return to the nation quickly.
A number of of the crew members are from Mumbai, Thane and Palghar areas of Maharashtra and their households and different seafarers made a sequence of appeals to the Centre proper as much as Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding his intervention to safe their protected passage dwelling.