The Italian authorities have lifted the blockade of the ‘Alan Kurdi’ migrant rescue ship, which will sail to Spain, where it will in principle fix the shortcomings that Italy has allegedly held in the port of Palermo since May 5.
Alan Kurdi, managed by the German NGO Sea Eye, was blocked after around 150 people were saved off the Libyan coast. The Italian coast guard claimed that it had serious shortcomings that jeopardized its ability to continue sailing, mainly related to toilets and waste disposal.
Finally, after several weeks of the pulse, the Italian coastguard reported late Thursday that they had given up on the port’s abandonment, expecting it to be able to sail to Spain to fix the remaining irregularities, the data protection agency said.
Sea Eye said in a statement that on June 10, it agreed with the Italian authorities to leave Palermo if the flag country (Germany) and the destination country (Spain) give their consent. “We are grateful to the Spanish and German authorities for helping us to free ourselves from this devastating control,” said Gorden Isler, head of the NGO.