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Indian seafarer stuck in Libya returns after 19 months

The Maritime Union Of India issued a statement claiming that the seafarer had spent 19 months on the ship in breach of Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. He had been abandoned at the Misrata Port in Libya for nine months.

Hritika Mitra Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika New Delhi Updated on: September 28, 2022 18:13 IST
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Highlights

  • Indian seafarer stuck at Libya port for 19 months returned home
  • He had been abandoned at the Misrata Port in Libya
  • Maritime Union Of India represents Merchant Navy officers

An Indian seafarer who had been stuck in Libya for the last 19 months after the owners ceased operations of the vessel returned back home on Wednesday, Seafarers' body Maritime Union Of India (MUI) said. 

The MUI issued a statement claiming that the seafarer, Roshan Raj, spent 19 months on the ship in breach of Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. He had been abandoned at the Misrata Port in Libya for nine months. 

"After his ship was abandoned, Roshan Raj, employed on board vessel MV East Express and sailing since February 2021, was successfully brought back to his home after the owners ceased operations of the vessel at the port of Misrata, Libya in January 2022," MUI said in the statement.

"Raj faced a tough time on board, going through mental stress as he was not paid the full salary. Moreover, the ship owners did not provide any co-operation to sign off. On board, provisions were limited and meals were cooked just once a day," alleged the union.

According to the Union, which is now led by its new general secretary Tushar Pradhan, it maintained rigorous daily communication with the officials in Libya, the Indian embassy in Libya, the ITF as well as Raj to ensure his earliest return.

An affiliate to the UK-headquartered International Transport Workers' Federation, MUI represents Merchant Navy officers.

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