Agreement by EU member states to triple the resources earmarked for the Mediterranean’s Operation Triton is “laudable” but falls short, European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) and International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) say.
The German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) has called for the EU to “massively expand” search and rescue (SAR) capacity in the Med, “without delay”.
The International Organisation on Migration (IOM) Rome office has received distress calls from a “sinking” vessel estimated to be carrying 300 migrants, with 20 reported fatalities.
IMO secretary-general Koji Sekimizu today reiterated calls for coordinated international action to safeguard migrants, following the loss of hundreds of migrant lives over the weekend.
A coalition of seafarer and shipowner unions has demanded the EU take “urgent action” to prevent further loss of life in the Mediterranean.