Asphalt Venture crew member returns to sea

29 December 2015

Daniston comes from a small village near Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu. His family was overjoyed when their only son was recruited by the prestigious shipping company, Anglo Eastern, with news of his placement coming on Christmas Eve.

The 1991-built, Panamanian flagged, general cargo ship Asphalt Venture, with a crew of 15, was hijacked by Somali pirates on 28 September 2010. In April 2011 the vessel with 8 of her crew was released while the remaining 7 Indian seafarers were detained ashore until October 2014.

MPHRP/ ISWAN is grateful to Anglo Eastern Ship Management for their support of Mr Litton, enabling his return to sea. The programme also thanks the Indian Government and the Director General of Shipping for the support and guidance towards rehabilitation of seafarers affected by maritime piracy. Chirag Bahri, South Asia Regional Director, acknowledged that seafarers and their families were assisted with psychological and other humanitarian assistance by the programme and its partners on release, but also stressed the need for industry support for reemployment. "We are equally thankful to all the partners and funders of MPHRP for standing by these released seafarers and - as with Daniston - extending their helpful hand to them."

Reacting to the news, Daniston's parents said "we are highly thankful to the company for coming forward to help our son. The support provided by MPHRP will always be invaluable for us and we are indebted to them for whole of our lives. We wish all success for our son and this news on eve of Christmas is true blessing for the family.

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