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Ocean Viking relief vessel will dock at Italian port on Tuesday

by Ace Damon
Ocean Viking relief vessel will dock at Italian port on Tuesday

The Ocean Viking ship, with 182 migrants on board, arrives on Tuesday at the port of Messina, Sicily, after authorization from the Italian authorities, which have not imposed conditions for relocating migrants to other countries, as has already happened in the past.

Italian media, citing sources from the police and government delegation, explained that Ocean Viking – from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) SOS Méditerranée and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – would not dock on Tuesday at the port of Messina due to bad weather.

Migrants have not arrived at the port of Messina since the former Italian Government's closed-port policy was applied, but in the past it was one of the places predisposed to their reception.

There are 182 migrants on the ship rescued in two operations on 17 and 18 September, including 14 minors and a 10-day baby.

This is the first disembarkation permit (from a humanitarian ship with migrants) approved by the new Italian coalition government, between the 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the Democratic Party (PD), after the collapse of the M5S coalition with the Liga, party of former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.

In August, Ocean Viking spent two weeks in the Mediterranean with 356 migrants aboard, rescued in various operations until six countries, including Portugal, agreed to disembark and host them.

At the time, Doctors Without Borders called on EU countries to establish a permanent rescue mechanism for migrants sailing in the Mediterranean to avoid specific pacts for each situation.

On September 14, the organization managed to get 82 migrants aboard the humanitarian vessel to land at Lampedusa, even though the reception center on this small Italian island is on the verge of collapse.

It currently houses about 300 migrants, when it has capacity for about 90, the Italian media assure.

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