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Seafarer home after four years thanks to union

11 Mar 2020
During his time alone on the vessel, Chetanveer Singh (left) was supported by Afusat Eke from ISWAN/NSWB

An Indian seafarer has finally returned home, four years after being abandoned in Nigeria by his employer.

Chetanveer Singh, a third engineer known to his friends as Alex, was left without food and wages on the vessel MT Grand 1 in 2016. He contacted the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN), which provided him with support.

Along with ISWAN, the National Seafarers Welfare Board of Nigeria (NSWB) and the Maritime Union of India (MUI) cooperated to help Mr Singh, and he returned to India February 2020.

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