Fate of 16 Indian sailors on cargo ship MV Anastasia remains in the balance as China denies assurance

The fate of 16 Indian sailors on the cargo ship MV Anastasia remains uncertain as China has again denied giving any assurance on the crew change for the ship which is on anchorage near Caofeidian port in northern China since 20th September 2020.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Feb 01, 2021 18:12 IST
Fate of 16 Indian sailors on cargo ship MV Anastasia remains in the balance as China denies assurance
MV Anastasia

SIxteen Indian sailors are stuck on cargo ship MV Anastasia which has been on anchorage near Caofeidian port since September 20 last year. The sailors have been stuck for 4 months without any aid or assistance. 

The 16 crew members on the ship are undergoing immense mental and physical sufferings with not even timely medical aid being provided to them by local Chinese authorities.

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The Chinese side has denied the proposal of ship-to-ship transfer of crew and they haven't received any update on it. They appealed to the authorities to help them as the situation is getting worse with each passing day and the crew is facing mental depression.

MEA and the Indian mission in China have been continuously pursuing the issue of crew change of Indian sailors on board the ship but no breakthrough has been achieved so far.

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