Bangladeshi ship with 29 sailors stranded in Ukraine seaport

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Dhaka, Feb 27: A Bangladesh Shipping Corporation ship named Banglar Samriddhi with 29 sailors on board has been stranded in the Olvia port of Ukraine since Russia invaded the Eastern European country.

Confirming the matter, Bangladesh Shipping Corporation Managing Director Sumon Mahmud Sabbir told The Business Standard the ship was in the Olvia port before the war started. The chartering department of the shipping corporation is working on the issue.

The Marine Traffic website, which monitors the movement of ships around the world, showed the location of the bulk carrier Banglar Samriddhi near the port of Alvia in the Black Sea at 3.00am Bangladesh time on Sunday.

Omar Farooq Tuhin, a sailor aboard the ship, said all operations at the port of Olvia had been suspended since the start of the war. The sailors are in a panic. The ship has food stock of 13-14 days, and it is not possible to take the ship anywhere because of the presence of the Russian army in the sea.

He added that there was no attack in the area where the ship was, but explosions could be heard intermittently from a distance.

The stranded sailors called on the Bangladesh government to take necessary steps to rescue them quickly.

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury was contacted regarding the issue but he did not comment.

According to Marine Traffic, Banglar Samriddhi arrived in Olvia on 21 February from the Turkish port of Eregli.

According to the BBC, about 1,500 Bangladeshis live in Ukraine, including businessmen and students. Since there is no Bangladeshi embassy in Ukraine, the Bangladeshi embassy in Warsaw, Poland has been keeping in touch with Bangladeshis in Ukraine since the beginning of the war. Attempts are being made to bring Bangladeshis to Poland on transit visas and send them back to the country.