Indian government send warships to the Gulf of Aden to protect merchant shipping there
THE Indian Seafarers Federation (ISF), comprising the country's main seafarers' unions has threatened to stage a ban on Indian seafarers sailing through the Gulf of Aden, unless the Stolt Valor, is released by Somali pirates by next Tuesday.
Earlier this week the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) and Maritime Union of India (MUI) staged ?peace marches?.
The unions claim: ?Thousands of seafarers, family members of the hijacked seafarers and shipping company officials had participated in the "peace march" at Mumbai and in 12 Indian cities of Chennai, Diu, Goa, Kochi, Port Blair, Raigad, Tuticorin, Vishakapatnam, Nhava, Valsad, Kolkatta, and Lakshadweep. This issue has now become a mass movement.?
Meanwhile the Indian government has announced it is to send warships to the Gulf of Aden to protect merchant shipping there.