After the mutiny saga for the crew and Maltese security personnel aboard the short sea ferry boat EUROPA II after threatening with knives and gathering sleeping bags and other material including gas to set up a blaze and with at least more than 3 hours to take a decision from MALTA VTS and other authorities since it’s a National Security Matter all illegal immigrants on the other 3 boats were allowed to disembark at Grand Harbour.
At 2245 hrs the Captain Morgan Cruises boat ATLANTIS entered Valletta and berthed at Boiler Wharf which is owned by Transport Malta.
She was followed by another CMC boat – BAHARI of which she entered at 0113 hrs on Sunday 7th June, 2020.
And the last boat, Supreme Cruises JADE entered Valletta at 0343 hrs on Sunday 7th June, 2020.
The four vessels were chartered by the Maltese government to accommodate the rescued immigrants until a European solution is found for their relocation. Closing the ports and also told the EU it cannot guarantee the availability of assets to conduct rescues because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Dr Robert Abela had declared that the immigrants will not be disembarked in Malta until an agreement is reached with European Union countries, however this decision had to be reviewed on Saturday 6th June after trouble emerged on one of the vessels, with the Government declaring that he’s not ready to endanger the lives of persons, including the crew members.
One must not forget the shipping movements of various so called NGO’s such as the SEA WATCH 3 which yesterday Saturday 6th June, 2020 left Messina Port, Sicily –
By the time of writing at 1645 hrs she’s 28.2 nautical miles south of Malta with her 7 m rib REZAI near fishing vessels towing BlueFin Tuna (BFT) cages.
She is supported from the air by Sea Watch Organisation reconnaissance aircraft – HB-KMM Cirrus SR-22 G1.
Known more as MOON BIRD.
According to International Maritime Organisation (IMO) all vessels irrelevant what flag is flying, it should abide by rescuing other human beings while in distress (Safety of Life At Sea – SOLAS) –
Also mutiny is a criminal conspiracy among a group of people (typically members of the military or the crew of any ship, even if they are civilians) to openly oppose, change, or overthrow a lawful authority to which they are subject. So are these illegal immigrants are going to be charged since it’s a criminal offence ???? Are we the MALTESE going to stand up for OUR RIGHTS TOO as in this case whatever the skin colour is we are ALL Human Beings.
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Published – Sunday 7th June, 2020