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The Italian Coast Guard immobilizes the ‘Open Arms’ for “serious anomalies”

August 22, 2019

ROME, Aug. 22 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Italian Coast Guard has reported that the tests carried out at the 'Open Arms' in the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle have detected “serious anomalies” that justify the “immediate” immobilization of the ship, on which a hijacking order issued by the prosecution.

Coast Guard troops have inspected this Thursday the 'Open Arms', which on Tuesday could dock in Lampedusa thanks to an emergency measure by the prosecutor and against the criteria of Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, which prevents any landing of migrants and refugees rescued by NGOs.

The analyzes carried out in the last hours would have detected “a series of serious anomalies related to the safety of navigation, respect for the regulations on the protection of the marine environment and the training and familiarity of the crew with emergency procedures”, according to the Coast Guard.

These anomalies imply “the immediate administrative closure” of the ship, pending at least the “technical and operational irregularities” detected during the inspection, said the statement.

The prosecutor of Agrigento, Luigi Patronaggio, has also requested this Thursday the judge of instruction of this Sicilian city to confirm the preventive kidnapping of the 'Open Arms', which since the eve is in Porto Empedocle after landing on Tuesday in Lampedusa at 83 migrants I had on board.