Around 23 Indian sailors are stuck at MV Jag Anand on a bulk carrier. This bulk barrier has been anchored off on the Jingtang port which is on the Bohai Sea. This sea is in the northern China’s Hebei province since the month of June.
China told on 23rd December, Wednesday that it was in touch and was in update with Indian authorities for this situation of the 23 Indian sailors who are even now stranded on a ship which is anchored off on a northern Chinese port since the month of June. But the Chinese official but did not say or mention anything about when they will be allowed to leave the vessel.
Around 23 Indian sailors are stranded on a huge bulk carrier. This is on the MV Jag Anand, this ship has been anchored off on Jingtang port. This is in the Bohai Sea at northern China’s Hebei province since past 6 months. Bohai Sea is a westward and also it is an inner extension of the Yellow Sea.
Whereas on the other hand, at least 16 another Indian people have also not been allowed to leave their ship MV Anastasia, which is stranded off on the Caofeidian port in the same province.
Beijing has not allowed them to come out or off from the vessel. Because of the increase in the Covid-19 infections, But they are ignoring and putting the physical and mental health of the sailors at a risk.
The reports said that there’s been no report till yet of any Covid-19 case on the ship in the past six months on the Jag Anand port on which they are stayed back.
But that has not stopped the Chinese port authorities from implementing the strict anti-epidemic rules which are preventing the sailors from leaving their ship.
Zhao Lijian is a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson. He said at a regular ministry briefing that happened on 23rd December, Wednesday. He told that China has given out specified conditions on the epidemic control measures and also for the quarantine of the people who are stuck at ports. He said this when they were asked about the conditions of the Indian people who were stuck in the Jag Anand.
Zhao also said that the local authorities of China have also been in close communication with the Indian side over here in our country and have also replied to their requests on time. He said that they are also providing all the necessary facilitation and also the assistance while they are meeting certain quarantine and epidemic prevention requirements.
The ship was sailed and taken off from the port of Gladstone which is back in Australia on 26th May. It was carrying Australian coal – and it has reached the Jingtang port which is in China on 13th June.
Since that day of their reach near that place, the ship has been anchored 2-3km away from the port.
HT had reported in the month of November that the local port authorities have not allowed crew change. Whereby a ship’s crew can leave the ship and can also head back to their country of origin. They said that it has been communicated to them and have said them that anyone who is needing the treatment could be allowed to come ashore temporarily for the medical attention.
A news report in November had said the 23 Indian crew members on board were asking for help from the Indian government to help them return back to their home. The reports also said that some are suffering from health issues and that the ship is running short of medicines.
However, this one is not the only merchant navy ship on which the Indian sailors have been stuck for months, there are other ships on other boards too.
At least around 16 Indians are also stuck on the MV Anastasia off on the Caofeidian port which is in the Hebei province.
The reports added that on the other hand, an estimated of around 1,500 seafarers are also stranded in the Chinese harbours.