On Tuesday, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Central government on the plea of families of five Indian seafarers who had been stranded in Iran and seeking direction to offer counselling and legal service to seafarers for securing repatriation.
The Maritime Union of India (MUI), the body representing merchant navy officers, has recently launched a project titled ‘Service to Stranded Seafarers’ to collate the database of Indian seafarers who are languishing in jails located abroad.
Maritime Association of Shipowners Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA) had alleged that several lakhs of Indian seafarers who are not or no longer Maharashtra state residents are denied COVID-19 vaccines by the BMC-run hospitals.
In response to the second wave of COVID-19 in India, the ISWAN has launched a ‘Vaccination Drive for Indian Seafarers’ in collaboration with Narayana Health and the Medica Group of Hospitals.
Indian seafarers have been hit hard as the COVID-19 second wave upswing continues in the country. Almost every foreign port has put Indian seafarers on the not-to-be-hired list as the pandemic rages.
After much delay and shortcomings, 3 of the Indian seafarers from Ever Given crew have been given permission to leave the ship by the Suez Canal Authorities.
As the news of Suez Canal authorities arresting the Ever Given ship over compensation issues came to the forefront, concerns for its crew grew.
As per officials at Egypt’s Great Bitter Lake, the 25 Indian crew are in good health and are commencing on the journey to Rotterdam. The crew won’t be replaced as of now and will sail to Rotterdam if it is deemed fit after full inspection.
Norwegian Cruise Line might be sending back the Indian seafarers that they had hired for the Norwegian Escape cruise ship as the operations have been delayed.