A Bangladeshi-flagged cargo vessel with 29 crew members has been stuck at port of Olvia in Ukraine amid Russian attack on the country.
All of the 29 crew members including two female cadets are safe, said Captain Mujibur Rahman, general manager of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation.
The goods-laden ship ‘Banglar Samriddhi’, owned by state-run Bangladesh Shipping Corporation, anchored at the port before the Russian invasion began on February 24.
The 180-metre long bulk carrier, Banglar Samriddhi is a bulk carrier built in 2018 and currently sailing under the flag of Bangladesh.
Concern is growing for the wellbeing of Bangladeshi seafarers. The panic-stricken crew members and their families have been demanded that the government take immediate steps to rescue the crew along with the vessel and bring them back.
"I am gravely concerned about 29 crew members. We’re in touch with them. MV Banglar Samriddhi could not leave the port as all of its activities shut down following the Russian offensive against the Ukraine," said Dr Pijush Dutta, Executive Director of Bangladesh Shipping Corporation.
"They have enough food and water in stock on the ship to last for at least 40 days," he added.
Bangladesh asked its nationals stranded in Ukraine to contact the country's diplomatic missions in the neighbouring European countries while Poland and Romania came forward to provide temporary shelters for Bangladeshis.
The government’s efforts are going on to help Bangladesh nationals get into Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary and Moldova, all bordering Ukraine, said officials.
A team from the Embassy of Bangladesh in Warsaw is working near the Poland-Ukraine border to assist Bangladeshi citizens wishing to enter Poland. The two countries share an over 500 km long border.
Nearly 120,000 people have so far fled Ukraine for Poland and other neighbouring countries in the wake of Russian invasion, reports AP quoting the UN refugee agency on Saturday.