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Indian crew arrives home in January after six months at sea

THE 23 Indians crewing the 17,9250-dwt bulk carrier Jag Annand have arrived home after being stranded off the coast of China's deep-water international seaport of Jingtang, reports Mumbai's Moneycontrol

25 January 2021 - 19:00
THE 23 Indians crewing the 17,9250-dwt bulk carrier Jag Annand have arrived home after being stranded off the coast of China's deep-water international seaport of Jingtang, reports Mumbai's Moneycontrol.

The ship set sail to the Chiba port of Japan for a crew change, releasing the 23 Indians to return home after completing related local formalities. The other 18 members aboard 75,331-dwt bulker Anastasia is still yet to be known.



Meanwhile, there are a total of 1,400 crew members aboard 70-plus ships anchored off China's northeastern coastline carrying 10 million tons of Australian coal.



China stated the ships are free to go anywhere, explaining their denial for docking in terms of several shipments failing to meet their environmental standards.



China accounts for over 32 per cent of Australia's total export, while the figure stood at US$151 billion last 2019 to 2020. The country's second highest export, Japan, stood at only $52 billion.



Coal plays a role in China's industrial manufacturing, while the economic interests explain the subdued Sino-Australian response in addressing the crisis.


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