German NGO Calls on Malta to Take in Migrants
A German non-governmental organisation filed on Friday a court request in Malta calling on the government there to accept 13 Tunisian migrants who it said had been saved from a sinking boat in Malta's search and rescue zone.The NGO Sea Eye, which operates the rescue ship Alan Kurdi, called on Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to respect international law and order the immediate disembarkation of the migrants.It was not immediately clear when Malta would reply to the court filing.Sea Eye said the migrants were rescued by the Alan Kurdi on Aug.
Valletta Cruise Port Welcomes MSC Seaview
Valletta Cruise Port has welcomed MSC Cruises’ latest flagship and its third next-generation mega cruise ship to enter into service in 12 months, the MSC Seaview.The MSC Seaview, a ship bearing a Maltese flag registration, was named last week and is currently on its inaugural voyage.In honor of the maiden call, a special event was held on board the 5,331-guest ship, where Prime Minister Joseph Muscat highlighted the significant collaboration between Malta and MSC: “Thanks to MSC we will see more guests visiting our Islands…
Major Containership Drugs Bust in the Mediterranean
Customs inspectors in Malta have seized more than 300 kg (660 lb) of cocaine worth millions of euros on a container ship heading from Ecuador to Spain, Maltese officials said on Thursday. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat hailed the find as the biggest drugs seizure in the history of the Mediterranean island. "Well done to Customs and law enforcement authorities," he said in a tweet. The customs department said it had discovered the cocaine stuffed in black hold-all bags in a container that was meant to be holding canned pineapple.
LNG Tanker En Route to Malta Leaves Singapore
The LNG tanker Armada LNG Mediterrana – or floating storage unit that will be permanently berthed at Marsaxlokk has finally left Singapore harbour, reports Malta Independent. The ship is currently making 9 knots and is heading towards the port of Galle in Sri Lanka, where it is expected to arrive on 18 September. Its arrival date in Malta is not yet known. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and Minister-without-portfolio Konrad Mizzi travelled to Singapore last month to dispatch the ship but the vessel’s departure was delayed for unknown reasons.
Interferry Urges Proactive Approach to Industry Challenges
More than 250 top-level delegates attended trade association Interferry’s 38th annual conference in Malta to debate the major factors affecting ferry operations around the world. Under a new format mixing presentations with panel discussions and audience input, the event underlined the diversity of political, technical, operational and commercial issues challenging the industry. Among several sessions focused on safety, a former airline pilot confirmed the alarming certainty of human error…