PortandTerminal.com, May 6, 2020
The crew of a small container ship have been put in danger after rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean. Now they are reportedly being refused entry to port by the same countries who asked them to help in the rescue.
LAMPEDUSA, ITALY – On May 4th the container ship MARINA (IMO 9252864) was radioed in to help with a rescue operation involving 121 migrants who were in peril in the Mediterranean. The migrants are reported to be mostly young males from both African countries and Bangladesh.
The MARINA, a small vessel with just a 670 TEU capacity and a crew of 13, is reported to have taken on board 78 of the endangered migrants and told to wait for further instructions. For the past two days, she has been drifting off of Lampedusa, Italy with limited supplies.
There are reports today that the situation on board the containership MARINA has become critical. The ship’s crew is encountering severe shortages of food and fresh water and is reporting that there has been a knife fight amongst the migrants who are becoming increasingly agitated and hostile.
The latest reports are that the majority of the migrants are Bangladeshi with the rest being from Morocco, Chad, Libya and Sudan.
Both Malta and Italy are said to have refused to let the ship in and disembark. This refusal comes despite the fact that the MARINA had only taken the migrants onboard on humanitarian grounds at the request of Malta Search & Rescue (RCC Malta).
As of 1400 UTC May 6, MARINA was in the same position, drifting off of Lampedusa.
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