THE SHIP MARE JONIO AT THE SHIPYARD. MEDITERRANEA WILL RETURN ON MISSION: “NECESSARY PRESENCE. OUR GOAL? WE’LL BE AT SEA BY JUNE”
The MARE JONIO – the only civil rescue ship flying the Italian flag and managed by the Italian civil society platform Mediterranea Saving Humans APS – has entered the shipyard in Venice for important maintenance works that, within a few weeks, will enable her to be ready to sail again.
In the central Mediterranean Sea, there have been reports of at least three more shipwrecks, with dozens of victims and missing persons, after the massacre of April 21. Meanwhile, other non-governmental vessels have been subjected to arbitrary administrative detentions. In the face of the inaction from European states that are not intervening, as they should, with a military search and rescue mission, and in the face of the cry for help of women, men and children fleeing the horrors of the Libyan camps, our presence is also necessary.
We are preparing to return to sea in spite of the very heavy attack against us. The insubstantial accusations levelled against our crew and our owners by the Ragusa Public Prosecutor’s Office have led to the freezing of the project for a new, larger rescue vessel. We have therefore decided to tackle the work necessary to resume missions with the Mare Jonio. Our aim is to be ready to set sail by June.