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‘Severe fatigue and stress’: Australia says stranded sailors’ fate in hands of shipping company

The Australian government says the fate of two dozen Indian sailors stranded for five months at a Chinese port with 170,000 tonnes of Australian coal is a matter for the companies involved.

The future of the 23 crew members stuck on board the Jag Anand ship is now hanging on negotiations between Chinese authorities, the Indian government and Australian miners after a five month deadlock.

Family members of the sailors say medications and supplies are running out after the coking coal from Gladstone Port in Queensland was rejected by Chinese authorities at a port in northern China om June 13. The 290-metre long ship has not moved since.

Coal exports to China have been restricted.

Coal exports to China have been restricted. Credit:Max Mason-Hubers

The company that owns the vessel, India’s Great Eastern Shipping, said it had tried to redirect the ship to Japan but this had been rejected by the ship’s coal suppliers, while China has refused to allow the crew ashore due to coronavirus restrictions.

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