Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Sitakunda Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Milton Roy said the Chinese sailors left for Thailand at 10am on Wednesday
After remaining stranded for a couple of days inside a ship brought in for dismantlement, the 17 Chinese sailors left Bangladesh on Wednesday morning.
Confirming the matter to Dhaka Tribune, Sitakunda Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Milton Roy said the Chinese sailors left for Thailand at 10am on Wednesday.
Abul Hashem, proprietor of Lalbag Ship Breakers Ltd and importer of the scrap ship also confirmed that the Chinese sailors got off the scrap vessel on Wednesday.
Uni Harvest, the Panama-flagged scrap ship weighing 9,200 tons set out for Bangladesh from China on January 20 and reached the outer anchorage of Chittagong Port on February 4.
After completing all procedures, the scrap ship was beached at a shipbreaking yard of Sitakunda on February 9.
Dr Md Motahar Hossain, Chittagong Port Health Officer, said that they have tested the Chinese sailors duly but they were found negative for coronavirus.
“We have given clearance to the sailors as they were tested negative for coronavirus,” added Dr Motahar.
So, the Chinese nationals were sent on their way to Thailand on Wednesday, as there are no direct flights from Shah Amanat International Airport to China.
According to World Health Organization (WHO), at least 1,113 people have died and some 44,000 people have been infected from the coronavirus as of on Wednesday.