PortandTerminal.com, September 7, 2020
COPENHAGEN – Three people lost hope on Sunday and jumped into the Mediterranean near Malta from a stranded Maersk tanker they’ve been stranded on now for over a month.
Maersk’s crew rescued the 3 desperate migrants along with 24 others on Aug. 4 from a wooden dinghy that had been at sea for days. The rickety little boat sank immediately after the rescue operation.
Shamefully though, once the migrants were saved by the Good Samaritan Maersk tanker countries in the region slammed their port doors shut and refused to let them come ashore.
The migrants and the crew of the Maersk cargo ship have been adrift for over 30 days. Supplies have run out. People are desperate.
Maersk has repeated its demand for a port and urgent humanitarian assistance, so that the passengers “are immediately given the attention and care that they need.”
The captain of the Maersk Etienne chemical tanker had warned last week that, while the migrants had no critical physical problems, the mental strain for those onboard was getting worse.
“The situation onboard Maersk Etienne escalated further this morning when three migrants jumped overboard,” a Maersk spokeswoman said on Sunday.
“The captain and crew were quick to implement recovery procedures and the three persons have now been rescued and brought back onboard the ship where they are being given due care,” she said.
Maersk Tankers, the operator of Maersk Etienne said that neither the Maltese, Italian nor Libyan authorities would let them come ashore.
The migrants have been sleeping on mattresses and blankets, some on the deck protected from the sun by makeshift shades.
Malta is insisting that it was not responsible for the 27 refugees. Denmark has been working hard behind the scenes to find another country for disembarkation, and has promised assistance to Tunisia if it will accept them.
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