The MASSA and MUI shipping authorities said Thursday the Chinese government has not imposed an entry and exit ban on Indian seafarers.

The clarification comes after another seafarer organization, the All India Seafarer and General Workers Union, last week claimed that China had stopped the entry of ships with Indian crews.

However, the Maritime Association of Shipowners, Shipmanagers and Agents (MASSA) added that the past three months were due to the heightened impact of COVID-19 in India and other countries have been exceptionally challenging.

This in turn has messed up the crew reliefs (Indian seafarers and those of other nationalities) in countries traditionally suitable for relief, said CEO Shiv Halbe in a statement on Thursday / p> The All India Seafarer and General Workers Union claimed last week that China was letting ships with India Her crew on board.

In a letter to the Union Minister for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Sarbananda Sonowal, the seafarers’ association had claimed that up to 20,000 seafarers were at home for this reason.

It also had the central government asked for help to save the jobs of thousands of Indian seafarers, claiming the companies are not recruiting Indian seafarers for the ships going to China.

“There have been reports of an unofficial ” ban ” in certain parts of the media for Indian seafarers and that this has resulted in significant job losses, “Halbe said in the statement.

” This report does not seem to be based on detailed data, as our members – who make up more than 75 percent of the Indian workforce on ships under foreign ones Raising the flag indicates neither a major shift by Indian seafarers nor any changes imposed by China. ” in the SOPs for Indian seafarers since the beginning of the pandemic, “he added.

MASSA said it is in regular contact and dialogue with the Indian Ministry of Shipping regarding the crew change challenges that Indian seafarers are facing the states concerned to find a solution to this stalemate.

The Secretary General of the Maritime Union of India (MUI), Amar Singh Thakur, said: “It is urgent to avoid problems with crew changes in foreign ports in the future required to set up a coordination committee composed of senior executives from the Indian maritime industry to enable seamless signature. Registration and deregistration of Indian seafarer changes … “

” Such a committee should be chaired by the Director General of Indian Shipping ” , he added.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian recently said in e a media briefing that China has not imposed such a restriction.

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