Migrants: ship with 700 places for quarantine in Sicily

Will go to Lampedusa. Working for another ship in Calabria

31 July, 17:44

    ROME - A ship with the company Grandi Navi Veloci will arrive in Sicily in the coming days to allow for the transfer aboard of migrants who arrive on Italian shores and have to be placed in quarantine. The interior ministry assigned the contract from the July 26 call for tenders.

    The ship will most likely be anchored off the island of Lampedusa, and has more than 1,000 places: between 600 and 700 for migrants, after places are assigned for on-board personnel, police, and Red Cross personnel. The first migrants aboard will be those currently hosted at the Lampedusa hotspot and in the reception centre of Porto Empedocle. The interior ministry is also working to find a second, smaller ship that will be transferred to Calabria.

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