China Denies Stopping Ships With Indian Seafarers From Entering Its Ports


China Denies Stopping Ships With Indian Seafarers From Entering Its Ports

The seafarers’ physique lately wrote to Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, in search of assist. (Representational)


China at this time denied imposing an unofficial ban on industrial ships with Indian crew to berth in its ports, saying that Beijing has by no means imposed such restrictions and the experiences had been “not accurate”.

Asked concerning the experiences of the unofficial ban, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian instructed a media briefing right here that after consulting related departments, it has been discovered that China has by no means imposed such restrictions. “The relevant reports by the media are not accurate,” he mentioned.

The All India Seafarer & General Workers Union, in a current letter to Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal, sought the federal government’s assist in saving the roles of 1000’s of Indian seamen, as firms should not recruiting them for the China-bound ships.

The seafarers’ physique has claimed that as many as 20,000 seafarers are “home” due to this cause.

The physique mentioned in its letter that from March 2021, any ship having Indian seafarers as crew members shouldn’t be being allowed to enter ports in China.

According to the physique, round 80 per cent of seafarers on varied ships come from India, and “without them, the shipping industry will collapse and will be in big disaster”.

Earlier, two industrial ships with Indian crew members needed to divert to ports in different nations for crew change because the vessels needed to anticipate months to get the anchorage in Chinese ports. A ship named “Jag Anand” with 23 crew members, after a six-month-long wait to unload its Australian coal cargo, final yr needed to journey to a Japanese port to alter the stranded crew following refusal by Chinese officers citing Covid protocols. Another ship named MV Anastasia with 16 Indian crew members, carrying Australian coal, waited for months to ship cargo to Caofeidian port in China.


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