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The Maritime Union of India facilitates the return of an Indian seafarer from Libya

India’s oldest association of Merchant Navy officers, The Maritime Union of India (MUI) has facilitated the return of an Indian seafarer, Roshan Raj who sailed to Misrata on the ship ‘East Express’ on 19 January 2022 and got stranded at Libyan port. Roshan Raj is a native of Patna city of Indian state of Bihar.

Captain Tushar Pradhan, MUI General Secretary and a senior member of the Indian maritime fraternity, said that Roshan Raj has finally landed in Mumbai from Istanbul city of Turkey.

“We are delighted that Roshan Raj will finally be able to meet his family members after a period of almost 19 months. MUI and London based International Transport Federation have paid for Roshan Raj’s air ticket, accommodation, transport and visa fee”, said Captain Tushar Pradhan.

Roshan Raj was stranded aboard a cargo ship at the port of Misrata in Libya in January 2019 when the owner of the cargo ship abandoned the cargo ship due to financial reasons. Since then Roshan Raj has unfortunately not been paid his wages by the owner of the cargo ship.

Captain Tushar Pradhan said, “As soon as MUI was informed about the unfortunate episode of Roshan Raj, we contacted the Director General of Shipping of India and Paramjit Singh, Second Secretary (Pol & Com) and Head of Chancery, Indian Embassy, Tunis, Tunisia for seeking help and support to ensure the safe return of Roshan Raj to India at the earliest.” Tunisia is a neighbouring country of Libya. Roshan Raj went through a lot of trauma and pain as he was stranded in Libya on an abandoned cargo ship without money for several months.

MUI is committed to reuniting Roshan Raj with his family. It is our union’s duty to provide legal, financial and moral support to Indian seafarers in times of crisis. Captain Tushar Pradhan said, “The intention of MUI is to bring back home all those Indian seafarers who are stranded in foreign jails or foreign ports due to various reasons.”

The Maritime Union of India is affiliated to the International Transport Workers Federation London. It has about 700 unions representing over 4.5 million transport workers from around 150 countries.
Source: Maritime Union of India

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