Maersk Etienne's 38 days in the Mediterranean with 27 distressed people on board has sent shock waves throughout the global shipping industry, with major lobby organizations fearing that it is only a matter of time before another merchant vessel finds itself in a similar situation.
The ship from Danish company Maersk Tankers became the center of an unsightly process after it was contacted by the Maltese coast guard in August and subsequently rescued a small boat carrying a large group of people.
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