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The Migrant Issue

By David Rider 
January 15th 2016
By David Rider
The seemingly unending stream of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in 2015 was a major issue which concerned shipping companies.

 

From concerns over crew safety should refugees be rescued to actual rescues at sea, the vast numbers involved quickly took over headlines around the world. Sadly, those numbers make for unpleasant reading, with 3,771 deaths at sea in 2015 (compared to 3,279 in 2014). This was despite the huge response not only from the merchant marine but also the private sector, charities and the military who all had vessels in the region ready to rescue refugees at sea.

 

Of clear concern to the MM is, of course, procedure. CSO Alliance hopes to meet with EUNAVFOR Med and regional Coast Guards in the coming weeks to discuss how best the MM can help and whether the ‘three ship’ response can be reduced with better incident reporting.

 

While the weather has currently reduced the number of refugees attempting to make the crossing, everyone is all too aware that the summer of 2016 will see similar numbers attempting to flee war-torn areas in the hopes of reaching Europe. This, combined with the terror threat from Islamic State in Libya is focusing minds regionally, and we’re pleased to inform members that CSO Alliance will be part of those conversations as we seek solutions and guidance for our members.