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No Ban On Indian Seafarers Imposed By China, Say Maritime Bodies

Mumbai:

Maritime our bodies MASSA and MUI on Thursday stated the Chinese authorities has not imposed any ban on Indian seafarers coming into and leaving China.

The clarification comes after one other seafarers’ physique, the All India Seafarer and General Workers Union, had final week alleged that China had stopped entry of ships with Indian crew.

The Maritime Association of Shipowners, Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA), nonetheless, added that the previous three months have been exceptionally difficult attributable to elevated impression of COVID-19 in India and different nations.

This, in flip, has put crew reliefs (Indian seafarers and in addition these of different nationalities) in disarray in nations historically fitted to reliefs, its CEO Shiv Halbe stated in an announcement on Thursday.

The All India Seafarer and General Workers Union had final week alleged that China was not permitting entry of ships with Indian crew onboard.

In a letter to Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal, the seamen’s physique had claimed that as many as 20,000 seafarers are dwelling due to this cause.

It had additionally sought the central authorities’s assist in saving the roles of 1000’s of Indian seamen, claiming that the businesses weren’t recruiting Indian seafarers for the China-bound ships.

“There have been reports in certain sections of the media about there being an unofficial ”ban” on Indian seafarers and that this has resulted in significant job losses,” Halbe stated within the assertion.

“This report does not seem to be based on any detailed data, as our members – who provide more than 75 per cent of Indian manpower on foreign flag ships, indicate neither any major shift away from Indian seafaring manpower nor any changes that China had imposed in the SOP’s for Indian seafarers from the start of the pandemic,” he added.

MASSA stated it’s in common contact with the Indian transport ministry relating to crew change challenges confronted by Indian seafarers and is in dialogue with the involved states to discover a decision to this stalemate.

Maritime Union of India (MUI) General Secretary Amar Singh Thakur stated, “To avoid crew change problems in the future at foreign ports, there is a dire need to establish a coordination committee comprising of senior leaders of Indian maritime industry for facilitating seamless sign-in and sign-off of Indian seafarers change….”

“Such a committee should be headed by the Director General of Shipping of India,” he added.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian informed a media briefing just lately that China has not imposed any such restriction.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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