The 17 Chinese sailors, who were stranded on a ship at Sitakunda shipyard for last five days, have landed in Chattogram this morning and will fly back to China tonight.
The announcement was made on a Facebook post by Minister Counselor & Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of China in Bangladesh Hualong Yan today.
In his post, Yan also thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangladesh and other concerned authorities, for allowing the sailors to land in Bangladesh under special circumstances.
Earlier, Bangladesh government suspended on-arrival visa facilities to Chinese citizens following coronavirus outbreak.
The 9,000-mt Uni Harvest cargo ship of Japan arrived from China's Weifang Port arrived on February 7 this year.
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The 17 Chinese sailors remained stuck for five days as the authorities failed to report about the sailors before the ship was docked, said Milton Ray, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Sitakunda.
The ship was brought to the shipyard, owned by Md Abdullah and Haji Liakot Ali of Sonaimuri union, for scrapping.