Posted on November 13, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Over 90 migrants onboard the Panama-flagged RoRo Vessel, Nivin, are refusing to disembark the ship, bringing vessel operations to a standstill.
The vessel was en route from Italy to the Libyan port of Misurata on November the 8th, when it received a request from Italian and Maltese search and rescue authorities to investigate a nearby vessel.
Upon further investigation, the crew of the Nivin located a boat with over 90 migrants on board, that was trying to cross the Mediterranean into Italy.
The migrants boarded the Nivin, which unbeknownst to them, was at the time heading towards Libya.
Allegedly, two Syrian crew members received money from the migrants, promising them safe passage to Italy, however the ship continued its route towards Misurata.
When they arrived at port, upon discovery that they were in Libya, the migrants reportedly became aggressive and refused to cooperate with local authorities.
The situation has since then escalated.
The ship is now considered to be carrying illegal passengers, and as a result of the incident, it cannot continue its route.
Authorities have provided the migrants with food, water, blankets and other basic necessities, but the situation still remains at a standstill after three days of failed negotiations.
At the time of writing, the vessel is still docked at Misurata with no clear resolution in sight.
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