Port Wings News Network:
Indian seafarers of “Anastasia” who were stuck at the Chinese anchorage for more than six months have finally reached Japan for crew change. Below is the reaction sent to media from Abdulgani Y. Serang, General Secretary – cum – Treasurer, National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI).
NUSI Media Release
“We are once again pleased to inform you that the Indian seafarers of “Anastasia” who were stuck at the Chinese anchorage for more than six months have finally reached Japan for crew change. You are aware that National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) and Maritime Union of India (MUI) had very strongly taken up the matter of “Jag Anand” & “Anastasia” which were stuck at the Chinese anchorage. The companies Great Eastern and MSC, the Maritime Administration, the Ministry of Shipping, the Ministry of External Affairs coordinated the efforts for the release of the two ships.
On the instructions of NUSI thousands of individual seafarers, their families, the shipping associations wrote to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) demanding strong action for crew change of “Jag Anand” & “Anastasia”. The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) supported the cause of all seafarers stuck at the Chinese anchorage.
A few days back the seafarers of “Jag Anand” came home back to India. Today, the seafarers of “Anastasia” have reached Japan and will fly home to India in a few days to reunite with their families. This is a great achievement and we appreciate the efforts of Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Hon’ble Minister of Shipping, Maritime Administration, the Government of India & team MSC.”