Malta remains adamant it will not admit 27 migrants picked up by a Maersk ship near its waters, instead calling upon Denmark to intervene. The ship bears a Danish flag, after all, one of its ministers said yesterday.
The vessel has been in limbo in Maltese waters for a month after the island refused to admit the migrants.
Matters escalated on Sunday after three of the 27 migrants jumped overboard. The crew immediately asked for humanitarian relief for those stranded on the ‘Maersk Etienne’.
It is unclear whether the three migrants’ escape was an attempt to reach Malta or an act of desperation.
In the meantime, the authorities in Denmark are scrambling for a solution.
Maria Skipper Schwenn, the head of safety, environment and maritime research at Danske Rederier, deems the situation “unsustainable”.
She said the events of Sunday morning showed how “desperate the situation” has become.
The Maersk Etienne rescued the migrants on August 5 from a boat that sank shortly afterwards. The ship had been alerted a day earlier to its whereabouts by the a Maltese rescue centre.
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