DSOS Méditerranée, a private rescue organization based in Marseille, has rescued 572 ship migrants in the past few days and nights, and demanded that its “Ocean Viking” ship be immediately assigned a safe harbor. A press release issued by the organization on Tuesday stated that after no responsible maritime authority took over the coordination of rescue operations off the coast of Libya and the coast of Malta, “we must bring tired people to safety as soon as possible”, at least for now.
“Our experience at sea in the past few days is shocking,” said Luisa Albera, the search and rescue coordinator on the “Pirates of the Sea”. “We have rescued hundreds of people who are more likely to venture out to sea. People. Die instead of staying in Libya. We call on the EU to at least coordinate now, because the 572 rescued people can quickly land ashore in a safe place on our ship.” In Brussels, a spokesperson said European Commission On Tuesday, the European Union did not assign administrative power to the ports, but at best it could only try to exert political influence on the EU countries bordering the Mediterranean.
Just jet lag
On Tuesday afternoon, the Ocean Viking was in international waters west of Malta. Based on the experience of the past few months, the possibility that the Valletta government will provide a Maltese port for the ship is ruled out. In similar circumstances, the Roman government had designated a port on the Italian Mediterranean island of Sicily in the past. The leader of the opposition “Italian Brothers”, Georgia Meloni, called on her Facebook page on Tuesday afternoon that “a French NGO ship with nearly 600 illegal immigrants on board” should “set a route for Marseille.” Italy “is neither a refugee camp in Europe nor a colony of France or Germany.”
In the past few months, rescue organizations in Germany and France in particular have sent ships to carry out rescue missions in the central Mediterranean. Ocean Viking is currently the only private rescue boat there.Different from the term of the Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini From June 2018 to August 2019, under the leadership of Salvini’s nonpartisan successor Lucia Lamorgese, ships with rescued migrants on board no longer had a port blockade for weeks. Matteo Villa, a political scientist at the Institute for International Politics (ISPI), a think tank in Milan, calculated that under Ramor, a private aid ship carrying rescued migrants would only take two days on average. Half time to allocate Italian ports as safe berths. After that, the Ocean Viking should soon be able to enter a port in Sicily.
However, according to Matteo Vera’s findings, the right-wing nationalist Salvini’s hardline approach to private aid organizations has not changed. In his research for ISPI, the researchers concluded that there is only a time lag in the blockage of the rescue ship. Under Salvini’s leadership, these people were blocked before entering the port, and under Ramojis’s leadership, they were usually arrested only after an unhindered port entrance. To support the seizure, it is said that these ships did not comply with safety regulations or did not have all the necessary registration documents and certificates.
Chica with bureaucracy
Recently, in early June, after 408 rescued ships were able to disembark in Pozzallo before they emigrated, the Regensburg aid organization’s Haiyan 4 ship of the same name was arrested by the Italian authorities in the port of Palermo. The reason given is that the ship took too many immigrants during the rescue operation. There are a large number of people on board, insufficient rescue equipment, and the recovery tank is too small. Therefore, the ship poses a risk to the environment and safety.
However, the Hamburg-based professional association responsible for approving ships flying the German flag insists that Sea-Eye 4 complies with all international cargo ship approval regulations and does not pose a risk to the environment or safety. In addition to Sea-Eye 4, the other four German ships Rescue ships are currently blocked in Italian ports: Alan Kurdi, also operated by the Regensburg organization, Sea-Watch 3 and Sea-Watch 4 from the Berlin organization Sea Watch and Iuventa from Jugend Rettet and also from Berlin.
When Salvini insulted private maritime rescuers and tried to scare them away with horrible fines, they were harassed by bureaucracy under Minister Ramorgis’ silent regime. Matteo Villa wrote: “At the end of Salvini’s term, three rescue boats were arrested in Italian ports. Last fall, from October 2020 to December 2020, 7 ships were simultaneously blocked by Ramoz “If the Ocean Viking and its 572 ship immigrants are soon allowed to enter the Sicilian port, then it may face another week of blockade there. Same as in the fall of 2020.