COVID-19: Keralites stranded in ship at Sharjah sea seek help to return home


Speaking to Mathrubhumi News, Keralites inside the ship, which has been at sea for the last five days, requested the government’s immediate intervention to save them.

Malayalee crew members stranded in the ship

Sharjah: A ship from Iran carrying crew including Keralites has become stranded in the sea after Sharjah denied permission for the vessel to anchor at its port.

Speaking to Mathrubhumi News, Keralites inside the ship, which has been at sea for the last five days, requested the government’s immediate intervention to save them.

The ship named M V Champion is carrying 12 crew members including three Keralites. The Malayalees are natives of Kozhikode, Palakakd and Venjarammoodu in Thiruvananthapuram. The other crew members are from Indonesia and several African countries.

The crew are running out of drinking water, food and other necessary supplies. “We are ready to undergo any medical test to check for COVID-19, please save us,” the crew said.

Meanwhile, the ship company has directed the crew to return to Iran as Sharjah denied permission to anchor. However, the Malayalee crew are not willing to return to Iran as the COVID-19 situation there is horrifying. They are requesting the authorities to let them either return home or return to another safe country.

The Ship owned by Dubai based Sian Vessal company had gone to Iran for three months of work. After letting off the Iranian crew members in their native country, the ship sailed to Sharjah. However, owing to COVID-19 fears, the ship was denied permission to anchor at the port.

On learning about the incident, Non Resident Keralites Affairs (NORKA) has promised to immediately intervene in the matter.

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