Port State Control

Flaws in Port State Control Regime Revealed By ‘Ghost ships’

/ 1 Comment / 10th January 2015

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From: ihsMaritime360

Smuggling of migrants to Europe on two merchant ships over Christmas and the New Year has raised questions over the effectiveness of port state control (PSC) and maritime checks on ship movements.

On 2 January, the Italian coastguard took control of Sierre Leone-flagged livestock carrier Ezadeen, apparently abandoned by its crew and left to drift towards the Italian coast carrying hundreds of migrants. A female passenger reportedly gave the distress call.

On 31 December, Italian rescue services took the Moldavian-registered Blue Sky M into port, after people traffickers had apparently applied the same tactic.

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  • Isaac

    I had no idea this happened! It’s weird that both ships have been seen near Syria and then disappeared off AISLive which should have been a clear giveaway something bad was going on. I wonder how many other vessels have already brought immigrants without us knowing?