The MSC shipping line has hailed the return of the Indian sea farers who
were on board the vessel ANASTASIA and held up near Chinese ports for several
months due to disputes with the Chinese authorities
The reunions are overdue, but we are glad to finally see the courageous
crew of the cargo ship ANASTASIA repatriated to India after an extraordinarily
challenging stint at sea,” said a release from MSC.
ANASTASIA was one of
dozens of ships that became stuck off the coast of China
The ANASTASIA was one of dozens of ships that became stuck off the coast of
China in recent months amid a trade dispute. The vessel was eventually able to
perform a crew change in Japan on February 10, 2021, following half a year of
attempts by MSC to convince chartering parties to find a way to relieve the seafarers.
This dispute outside chinese ports took place
at a time when many ports are not allowing sailors to switch on and off
ships amid stringent Covid-19 precautionary measures.
After repeated appeals and having exhausted all the possible other options
for crew change, MSC shipping line
recently prioritised Japan as the quickest and most efficient way to
provide the necessary relief for the crew and to enable the ship to
subsequently continue in service.
About 20 Indian crew
members of the ship arrived in Mumbai last week.
Hundreds of thousands of other seafarers are stuck at sea since crew
changes were banned by many governments to help curb the spread of Covid-19.
While MSC observes and supports Covid-19 health and sanitation requirements
wherever it operates, the situation has led to serious consequences for
seafarers’ physical and mental well-being, as well as risking serious
disruptions to global trade.
continues to monitor the well-being of all the seafarers who have recently
disembarked from the ANASTASIA, the release said.