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Photographer:Emmanuel.L [View profile]Title:AQUARIUSAdded:Jun 06, 2017
Captured:June 05, 2017IMO:7600574Hits:533
Location:Valletta, Malta
Photo Category: Rescue Vessels
Rescue vessel of SOS MEDITERRANEE awaiting to dock in no.5 dock.
Vessel Identification
Former name(s):
- Meerkatze (Until 2009 Apr)
Technical Data
Vessel type:Research/survey Vessel
Gross tonnage:1,812 tons
Summer DWT:611 tons
Length:74 m
Beam:11 m
Draught:5.6 m

Additional Information
Class society:Germanischer Lloyd
Build year:1977
AIS Information
Last known position:
43°19’32.4” N, 5°20’53.1” E
Speed, course (heading):
0kts, 42° (327°)
Arrival:4th Oct 2018
07:00:15 UTC
Last update:
1 month 10 days ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)

Port history
2017 September 30th, 17:00:47 UTCMy Pkg
2017 September 23rd, 23:00:40 UTCCn Shk
2017 September 23rd, 03:00:45 UTCCn Xmn
2017 September 22nd, 05:00:39 UTCKhh Tiw
2017 September 20th, 02:45:43 UTCNingbo
2017 September 17th, 20:30:41 UTCCnsha
2017 September 11th, 02:00:41 UTCTwkhh
2017 August 10th, 08:00:48 UTCCnshk
2017 August 9th, 02:00:48 UTCCnxmn
2017 August 8th, 02:30:48 UTCTwkhh
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Photo Comments (3)

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Emmanuel.L on Jun 12, 2018 18:24 (6 months ago)
Well first of all none of these rescue vessels is registered in Malta, they only enter for bunkers as they do in other foreign ports, second her captain first tried to dock in a Sicilian port , it was only afterwards that she tried to dock at Malta when the Italian authorities refused her entry. Malta was adhering to EU regulations ,as the EU commissioner pointed out. Italy new government which has issues and opposes these regulations tried to bring to the attention of the rest of Europe the crises of immigrants in the Med which is hitting more the countries like Greece , Malta, Spain and mostly Italy.
This is not the end of this crises but rather the beginning as the good Summer weather will bring a lot of these illegal and unsafe boats crossing the Med .
thanks and regards.
jdap on Jun 12, 2018 16:46 (6 months ago)
Hi Emmanuel,

Well, if she is normally based in La Valetta (home port is Gibraltar, I think), maybe that explains why the captain aimed for Malta first, in the hopes of unloading her human cargo there, instead of Italy, which was chosen only after Malta denied access, and which also then denied access, creating the political turmoil at EU level we are now witnessing...


Emmanuel.L on Jun 12, 2018 05:36 (6 months ago)
This is the vessel which these last days was the centre of interest because of the over 600 illegal emigrants picked up and refused entry into Italian and Maltese ports.
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