MANILA – The 13 Filipino crew members who have been stranded on their ship in China for more than a year could return home shortly after a Chinese crew replaced them, their agency said on Friday.
According to the Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Chinese authorities have arranged for Chinese sailors to board the MV Angelic Power and once they can operate the vessel, the Filipino crew can be repatriated.
“Legal proceedings are also advancing, with a video conference between the Guangzhou Maritime Court and Filipino crew members taking place earlier this afternoon,” the agency said.
“We understand that the court will take a few days to issue the orders and notices necessary to finalize the registration of the case, after which the crew can be repatriated.”
The agency assured that stranded Filipino sailors, their families, relevant authorities and the media will be informed of their repatriation status.
Earlier this week, the president of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation had a dialogue with the crew, and their house duties were put forward by the director in an effort to help their families and give the crew some peace of mind. of spirit in these difficult times, ”he said. .
The crew said they were not allowed to disembark by Chinese authorities due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
The owner of the MV Angelic Power is also said to have sold the vessel, triggering legal complications.
Filipino sailors, stranded for at least 17 months, accused the Magsaysay Maritime Corporation of withholding their wages this year.
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