The Dutch-flagged ship ‘Lifeline’ that about 230 rescued migrants on board for almost a week, finally docked in Malta on Wednesday, June 27. This development ends the dispute between Malt and Italy which refused to let the ship into one of its ports. The Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat said that the procedures for identification, to find out the migrants’ asylum eligibility will start.
After refusing to accept 226 migrants onboard a German charity rescue ship last week, Italy now seems to relent, saying on Thursday it would take them in, but would impound the vessel. The crew of the ship operated by Mission Lifeline charity had spotted migrants in two overcrowded rubber boats in international waters on 14 June.
A U.N. World Food Programme aid vessel was attacked off Hodeidah, the main port in Yemen, during the weekend and started a fire in the engine room. No injuries were reported as a result of the attack. The vessel was attacked following a delivery a shipment at Hodeidah, which is held by the Houthis.
UN-trained law enforcement units have intercepted huge shipments of illegal drugs being trafficked through seaports this year, under the Container Control Programme, jointly launched in 2003 by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Customs Organization.
While no detailed information were given on how Houthis will conduct such a move, the Bab al-Mandab strait, the part where Red Sea meets the Gulf of Aden in the Arabian Sea, is only 20 km wide, thus making many ships easy targets. If no solution is found, a block of the international navigation in the Red Sea is possible.
The European Union’s support for Libya’s Coast Guard which has resulted in thousands of migrants being detained in “horrific” conditions inside Libya is “inhuman,” the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Tuesday.
Yemen’s Houthi movement said that it could attack warships and oil tankers from enemy countries, in retaliation against the closure of Yemeni ports by a Saudi-led military coalition earlier this month.
The importance of well-coordinated, risk-based preventive strategies to counter maritime security threats was highlighted by IMO’s Chris Trelawny, Special Adviser on Maritime Security and Facilitation, during a debate at the UN Security Council.
United Nations have welcomed the official launch of the operations of a UN inspection mechanism to facilitate the unimpeded flow of commercial goods and services to Yemen, while ensuring compliance with the arms embargo created by the Security Council.
The UN Security Council announced that it removes four vessels from its blacklist of North Korean vessels following a request from China.
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