Med, migrants and merchant ships

Shipping’s concerns over Italy’s migrant stance.

Migrant crisis may pose threats to Med shipping

By Julia Louppova

The migrant crisis continues in Europe and the shipping industry is getting increasingly worried about it, as merchant ships are obliged to rescue persons in distress at sea but, as we have recently witnessed, these operations now may end up with ports being closed for migrants’ disembarkation.

The recent case is the 1,068 TEU Maersk Line’s feeder vessel Alexander Maersk, which on the way from Al Khoms, Libya to Malta received a request from the Maritime Response Coordination Centre (MRCC) in Rome to change its course and assist in the rescue operation last Thursday, June 21.

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