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Chinese vessel and crew stranded in India since December

A bulk carrier owned by bankrupt Chinese owner Tranvast has been detained at India’s Haldia port since December.

The ship Union Demeter and its 23 crew members were detained at the port in December under order of a court in Mumbai as Tranvast owed plenty of money to bunkering firms.

The crewmembers of the ship also haven’t been paid for over five months with the total salary arrears now in the region of $220,000.

According to Dai Xiaosong, captain of the ship, the Indian government will not release the crew if there is no other company to take over the ship.

Nanjing-based dry bulk operator Tranvast declared bankruptcy in December last year and the company has been dissolved.

Currently Nanjing Yuan Teng Shipping, the crew management company of the vessel, has sent food supplies to the ship and the company has been negotiating with the owner of Tranvast to solve the issue.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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