M.T.QIAN TAI 1, a cargo ship has been stranded for more than 50 days at Kakinada Anchorage Port, with the Chinese ship captain refusing to allow Indian crew on board.
s resources report, along with other Chinese seamen, the captain has been threatening five Indian crew members.
The stand-off caused a change in the ownership of the cargo vessel from Seacon Ships Management, a Chinese company, to Singapore-based Oka Ship Management.
Though the court specified that Indian crew must be allowed on the ship, the state agencies did not follow the order.
This made the Singapore company to approach the court again demanding the arrest of the vessel. If the court issues an order in favour of Oka, the Chinese crew will be made to “sign off”.
Inquiries have reportedly revealed that a cargo ship had arrived at the Kakinada anchorage port on 8 July for discharging about 4,000 tonnes of crude palm oil.
After the discharge of the cargo, the vessel had been placed at the anchorage port on 12 July. The ship has been stuck ever since.
After the signing of the new contract with the shipping liner, the Singapore company engaged the captain, a cook, and two more crew members, who are Indians.
A local agent has also reportedly said that after Covid19 protocols, the crew tried to enter the ship but had been denied entry by the Chinese captain and other crew members.