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June 26, 2018

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ECSA, is not acceptable to withhold migrants on mercantile ships

The European shipowners ask the EU measures that guarantee their disembarkation in an European port in the short possible time

While the event of the 108 migrants drawn in salvo from the Lifeline ship of the homonymous German Ong has been concluded this night with their disembarkation in the sicilian port of Pozzallo and then transferred on portacontainer Alexander Maersk of the company of Danish navigation Maersk Line, the association of the European shipowners has restated the necessity that "the mercantile ships have the certainty that the migrants can be disembarked in an European port in the short possible time". The European Community Shipowners' Associations (ECSA) therefore has sped up the European authorities "to assume all the measures necessary in order to be able to guarantee it".

"He is not acceptable - the general secretary of the ECSA, Martin Dorsman has denounced - than a mercantile ship, than independently it saves migrants or that it is called to collaborate to the activities of search and aid, is found in front of this type of problems, problems that can influence on safety and the well-being of the migrants and the crew".

Evidencing that the crew of a cargo vessel is not trained to undertake operations of rescue on wide scale and that these ships are not equipped in order to on board give a ride to the migrants for a period of been extended time, Dorsman has remembered that in the past a crew constituted from 16 marine ones has had to take cure of about 400 migrants. "This - it has found - can only happen for a period of time much limiting. But also a minor number of migrants - she has added - must be disembarked quickly".

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