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14. September 2020

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Migrants transferred to NGO ship

The 27 migrants who were rescued by the Danish tanker Maersk Etienne on 5 August have now been transferred to the NGO ship 'Mare Jonio'. Danish Shipping is pleased about this.

"We are extremely relieved that a solution has finally been found for the 27 migrants on board Maersk Etienne. We would like to thank the crew for acting both compassionately and professionally in the difficult situation in which they found themselves," says Maria Skipper Schwenn, Director of Security, Environment and Maritime Research at Danish Shipping.

The transfer of the migrants took place after medical personnel on board 'Mare Jonio' assessed that the migrants needed immediate medical attention.

This brings to an end the longest-running case so far involving migrants rescued by a merchant navy vessel.

"We would like to thank the captain and crew on board 'Mare Jonio' and the organisation Mediterranea Saving Humans for helping Maersk Tankers out of this deadlocked situation," says Maria Skipper Schwenn.

Need for new solutions

The migrants remained on board Maersk Etienne for 38 days, setting a dismal new record.

"We would also like to thank the authorities for their efforts. We need to work together in the future to find concrete solutions that ensure that merchant ships and their crews do not end up in a similar situation again," says Maria Skipper Schwenn.