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    16 Indian sailors stranded in Chinese waters since September to return home

    16 Indian sailors stranded in Chinese waters since September to return home

    16 Indian sailors stranded in Chinese waters since September to return home
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    Chinese authorities have given clearance for crew change for 16 stranded Indian sailors on board a cargo vessel that has been on an anchorage near the Chinese port of Caofeidian.

    Chinese authorities have allowed crew change for 16 stranded Indian sailors on board a cargo vessel that has been on an anchorage near the Chinese port of Caofeidian.
    MV Anastasia has been on the anchorage near Caofeidian port in Beijing since September 20.
    Addressing a press briefing, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Thursday said he was hopeful that the crew change can be effected at the earliest.
    "After sustained follow up by our embassy in Beijing, the Chinese central authorities have conveyed their clearance to the local foreign office in Tangshan and port authorities for the transfer of crew of MV Anastasia," he said.
    A total of 39 Indian saliors were stranded on two merchant vessels off Chinese ports for months.
    Another cargo vessel, MV Jag Anand, with 23 Indian sailors, was also on the anchorage near Jingtang port in Hebei province of China since June 13. The ship was granted permission for the crew change last month.
    India had repeatedly taken up the issue with China over the last few months.
    Earlier, Chinese authorities had conveyed that crew change is not being permitted on account of coronavirus-related restrictions by the ports.
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