Migrant crisis has ships going off radio and rerouting near Malta

Ships are now shutting off their radio in strategic locations to avoid being called in to help migrants in the Mediterranean, says Danish Shipping, which calls for a reform of international conventions pertaining to rescues at sea. NGO applauds Maersk Etienne for its efforts.

Since Aug. 4, 27 migrants have been stranded aboard Maersk Tankers vessel Maersk Etienne off the coast of Malta. | Photo: Handout ./VIA REUTERS / X80001

The protracted migrant crisis aboard Maersk Etienne now has Danish Shipping calling upon politicians and industry association to change the conventions and rules currently in use when merchant vessels rescue migrants.

The Maersk Tankers vessel has been stranded for five weeks in the Mediterranean because it has been denied permission to bring the 27 migrants to shore.

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