Cadet Tuli woke to the sound of deafening thuds on 2 March. By the point she may collect her ideas, she noticed a plume of smoke billow because the engine room of the MV Samriddhi was burning brightly and strongly.
After having entered the navigation bridge, she discovered her fellow seafarers combating onerous to douse the flame and Hadisur Rahman, the third engineer of the ship, was mendacity close by. The vessel with 29 Bangladeshi seamen was struck by a missile on the Olvia port.
Inside 24 hours after the loss of life of Hadisu, the Bangladeshi seafarers, who have been stranded in a broken ship in Ukraine, moved to security with the physique of their useless colleague.
The sailors have been taken to a “safe-zone” and later they have been moved out of Ukraine into Romania safely.
Whereas reaching out to The Enterprise by way of a social media platform, Tuli recounted agonising tales of their days spent in unsure nervousness.
Their 13-day lengthy breathtaking journey is lastly going to finish as they’ll attain house on Wednesday midday.
“A flight of Turkish Airways carrying them will take off from Romanian capital Bucharest at 10 pm on Tuesday night time,” Daud Ali, Bangladeshi ambassador to Romania, advised The Enterprise Customary.
The flight will first arrive in Istanbul from Bucharest. From there the sailors will attain Shahjalal Worldwide Airport by way of Dubai on Wednesday midday, he additionally mentioned.
Whereas narrating their harrowing expertise, the sailors mentioned they spent greater than 39 hours holed up in bunkers, surviving on dates, oranges, biscuits and boiled wheat.
“We regained just a little hope of survival after we moved to the bunkers,” sailor Atikur Rahman Munna mentioned.
One other seafarer Salman Sami mentioned, “We stayed two days within the bunkers till Friday and later we began for Moldova in a bus.”
On 5 March at 8 pm, they reached Moldova. “We needed to wait about 4 hours for immigration as Moldova’s immigration was struggling to deal with the inflow of individuals fleeing Ukraine. Romanian embassy officers obtained us there,” he famous.
“Afterward Sunday at 8 am we entered Romania and had breakfast in a city close to the border. Throughout that point, our first feeling was that we’re getting again a brand new life,”mentioned Salman Sami.
After a protracted journey of two days, the sailors reached Romania at 4:15 pm on 6 March, Bangladesh time. Preparations have been made for them to remain at a neighborhood lodge, the Bangladeshi ambassador to Romania mentioned.
“The sailors have been dropped at Bucharest from the Moldova-Romania border on a bus employed by our embassy. All of the sailors are in good well being regardless of the lengthy journey,” he mentioned.
Agonising story of days spent in uncertainty
“Rescue us instantly, please persuade the federal government for a immediate evacuation, we’re very near dying, we now not wish to keep on the vessel.” These are among the misery calls by 28 stranded Bangladeshi sailors at a Ukrainian port following the loss of life of a colleague on 2 March night time.
Till that night time, the seamen had been speaking to Bangladeshi media over their security considerations on situation of anonymity. However the loss of life of their colleague Hadisur Rahman – a 3rd engineer of the ship Banglar Samriddhi – in a shelling has modified the scenario, as an increasing number of movies by the trapped seamen surfaced on-line.
TBS talked to 4 of the sailors over the telephone, who mentioned a number of of the transport crew have been damage in Wednesday shelling, whereas the remainder have been effectively.
The majority service, owned by the Bangladesh Delivery Company, reached the port of Olvia on 22 February, because it was scheduled to hold ceramic uncooked materials from Ukraine to Italy. On 24 February, Russia attacked Ukraine resulting in the ship stranded on the port.
On 2 March night time, a shell struck the vessel destroying the bridge of the ship the place Hadisur was on obligation. “The shelling prompted an enormous hearth,” Capt Md Anam Chowdhury, president of the Bangladesh Service provider Marine Officers’ Affiliation, advised TBS.
In keeping with Ukrainian information company Kurds World, two tugboats approached the majority service after the two March assault.
However Banglar Samriddhi captain didn’t permit the crew to go away the vessel. “We’re going to die anyway. Even after that, I don’t perceive why did the captain bar us from leaving the vessel,” one of many mariners advised TBS.
Might the vessel avert the scenario?
Former sailors say Banglar Samriddhi had sufficient time to go away the Ukrainian port even after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. However it didn’t, presumably as a consequence of a “business strain”.
In keeping with the worldwide ship monitoring web site Marine Visitors, there have been 24 ships on the port of Olvia at 3pm [Bangladesh time] on 27 February. At 4 pm on 3 March (Thursday), solely 8 ships have been anchored there. Even a ship that was simply on the southside of the Bangladeshi ship on 27 February was not discovered there on the day.
Questions come up as to why the Bangladeshi vessel couldn’t depart the port whereas the opposite ships did.
Captain Abdullah al Mahmud, an knowledgeable mariner, mentioned, “The rationale for not leaving the port could also be ‘business strain’. Possibly there have been some cargoes on the ship that needed to be unloaded and the ship was ready for it. Or, the captain may need been hoping that the scenario would get higher.”
Pijush Dutta, government director (Business) of the Bangladesh Delivery Company, mentioned they thought the scenario would get higher as there had been talks between Russia and Ukraine.
“We deliberate the evacuation as soon as the scenario calms down,” he added.
Captain Abdullah al Mahmud believes the precise cause as to why the ship didn’t depart the port would stay unknown.
“The captain or administration will now preserve the matter a secret,” he mentioned, including, “A ship often doesn’t depart the port till its business objective is met. In any other case, there is no such thing as a scope for the ship to make an uncommon delay at any port.”