ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – Libyan Coast Guard threatens NGO Seawatch aircraft – 26.10.2022

On Wednesday 26th October, 2022 the Libyan coastguard vessel 658 FEZZAN threatened to shoot down an aircraft belonging to an NGO in international waters and Malta has no jurisdiction on the area where the incident happened. On Thursday, Sea-Watch shared footage showing the Libyan Coast Guard radio officer saying “get away from Libyan territory otherwise […]

Law Enforcement – Guardia di Finanza Corrubia III Class G 114 PULEO

The GUARDIA di FINANZA is an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance. It is a militarized police force, forming a part of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, not the Ministry of Defence. Guardia di Finanza is essentially responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling; it has also evolved into Italy’s […]

Casualties – Turkish Cargo Ship GOKBEL sinks – 28.12.2014

On the morning of Sunday 28th December, 2014 around 0830 hrs the 2011 built Turkish general cargo ship GOKBEL with 11 crew collided with the 1991 built general cargo ship LADY AZIZA and sank in poor visibility just a mile from the Italian Adriatic port of Ravenna. Guardia Costiera (Italian Coast Guard) Capitano Di Vascello […]

Virtu Ferries – COVID-19 Restrictions from the Italian Government – November 2020

As from Friday 6th November, 2020 until further notice the Italian Government will temporarily place Sicily in the Orange Zone meaning that travelling between regions and cities is prohibited, unless motivated by proven work needs, needs , study or teaching in the presence. All Food & Beverage except canteens and catering are suspended. The National […]

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – SEA-WATCH 4 immigrants bound to Palermo – 01.09.2020

On Wednesday 2nd September the 353 illegal immigrants rescued by the German NGO ship, SEA-WATCH 4 were transferred to the 1987 built ropax GNV ALLEGRA off Palermo, Sicily for quarantine. 11 days after the first souls onboard the SEA-WATCH 4 were rescued, all 353 survivors on the vessel jointly operated by United4Rescue, Sea-Watch, and Doctors […]

Cruise Liner News – MSC GRANDIOSA denied entry to Malta – 10.03.2020

The 2019 built cruise liner MSC GRANDIOSA was denied entry to Valletta, Malta on Tuesday 10th March, 2020 with over 2,500 aboard with her last port of call was Palermo, Sicily. Image below is at 0031 hrs. The decision was clarified by the Maltese Government with Prime Minister Dr. Robert Abela during an extraordinary news conference […]