Specifically, the crew of Danish-flagged Maersk Etienne rescued the 27 migrants, stranded in Tunisian waters, on August 4 at the request of Matese officials.

The rescued have been forced to remain onboard the Danish-flagged tanker as authorities have yet come up with a solution for the refugees.

Robert Maersk Uggla, the CEO of A.P. Moller Holding, commented on social media that

While many of us acknowledge the challenging political considerations, we are desperately awaiting Malta and Denmark to find a solution for the refugees, with EU or other relevant parties, so the ship and its crew are released.