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Indian Union Accuses China Of Unofficial Seafarer Ban

Today Indian media has reported that Beijing has imposed an unofficial ban on ships employing Indian seafarers.

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The Times of India, which is the largest selling Englishlanguage daily newspaper in the world, says the ‘All India Seafarer & General Workers Union’ issued a written letter to the Indian government claiming that China issued an unofficial “ban” on Indian seafarers from entering Chinese ports. They claim that as a result of China’s actions “21,000 Indian sailors are facing job losses, directly or indirectly”.

Indonesia opens up crew changes for everyone except crew of Indian & South African nationality.
China Government is not allowing all those ships to enter into the port just because of this reason all the company has stop calling all the Seafarers from India. pic.twitter.com/6yvmJoqSm6

— All India Seafarers Union (@AllSeafarers) July 23, 2021

This is not the first incident of China banning Indian seafarers. Earlier this year, 18 Indian crewmembers of the MSC ship Anastasia were stranded off the coast of China after being denied entry. The problem was not resolved until MSC finally diverted the ship to Japan after nearly five months of negotiations and waiting.

Amitabh Kumar, India’s Director General of Shipping, denies the Union’s claim but Captain Sanjay Parashar, a member of India’s National Shipping Board, is concerned.

“China has told foreign shipping companies they can lift or unload the cargo only if they agree to its terms,” says Parashar. “(Those terms are) not to employ Indian crew.” 

Zodiac Marine’s Rakesh Coelho told TOI, “The Chinese restrictions against Indian crew started somewhere in March.”

Read the full story at The Times Of India: China ‘ban’ on entry of Indian sailors, says seafarers’ body

The opinions expressed herein are the author’s and not necessarily those of News2Sea.

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