China has blamed shipping companies responsible for the light of 39 seafarers stranded on ships in Chinese waters.
23 Indian crew members on vessel MV Jag Anand, and another 16 crew members on MV Anastasia, have been stranded since September.
China has earlier stated that the stranded seafarers have been receiving necessary aid and supplies. However, China said that it has not denied the departure of any vessel but the freight forwarders are not adjusting to port plans.
It is believed that about 1400 total seafarers are stuck on vessels outside Chinese ports mainly because of the ongoing China-Australia trade row, because of which, the ships haven’t been able to offload their cargo.
The shipping ministry of India told reporters that the government is in talks with China to bring back the seafarers. However, ships cannot leave until they are given permission to unload the cargo.
The stranded seafarers are going through enormous stress as they are not being permitted to leave the vessel because of Covid-19 restrictions.