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Indian Asphalt Venture Crew Assisted with Humanitarian Support in Mumbai
The 7 Indian crew of Asphalt Venture were invited to Mumbai by Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) as part of their ongoing, post release humanitarian support. The crew had returned from Somali captivity after more than 4 years in November 2014.
The crew were assisted with meeting with the Director General of Shipping India, Shri Deepak Shetty, who assured them all possible help from their good administration towards their rehabilitation. This includes helping them secure jobs onboard ship or any documentary issues pertaining to careers at sea, as required. They were also provided limited financial assistance by the Indian maritime fraternity in support of their livelihood.
Dr Peter Swift, Chair MPHRP, also met with the crew in Mumbai and appreciated their bravery and strength to have dealt with the inhumane trauma during their ordeal. He presented a bravery award to each of them on behalf of MPHRP and reassured them that the Programme will stand by them throughout their rehabilitation.
Mr Bahadur Singh, Chief Engineer of Asphalt Venture, celebrated his birthday while in Mumbai with his colleagues and the MPHRP team at an evening get-together. He was overwhelmed with the kind gestures of his colleagues who were all present to wish him on his day. Chirag Bahri, MPHRP Regional Director South Asia, congratulated Mr Singh and wished him all the best for the future in his new life.
The crew were counselled by Dr Harish Shetty and were provided with advice as to looking after their mental health concerns. The crew members appreciated the support of Dr Shetty which is helping them to be positive in life and march ahead on a path which will take them into bright future.
Most of the crew members are looking forward to rejoin vessels in the future and thanked MPHRP and all of its partners for the ongoing support that they have received so far.
MPHRP is very thankful to all of its funders, partners in London as well in India and internationally for all their valuable support and guidance which has enabled the programme to deliver its commitment to provide humanitarian support to seafarers and families affected by piracy.