MSC cruises 'do not go near Libya'

But in close contact with foreign ministry for security

18 February, 17:01

    (ANSAmed) - MILAN, FEBRUARY 18 - MSC Cruises said on Wednesday that none of its ships passed close to Libya.

    Nevertheless, CEO Gianni Onorato said on the fringes of a press conference for the presentation of the 2016-2017 catalog, ''we are in close contact with the Italian foreign ministry and with international organizations''.

    The comments came in response to journalists' questions on whether the company was concerned about the instability in Libya and the Mediterranean, given the latest threats from the jihadist Islamic State (ISIS) to attack southern Europe, ''maritime companies and cruise ships''. Onorato said that he was not worried about the security of ports, ''which are under tight surveillance'' or about ships at sea, as they are ''monitored by a system that enables the authorities to watch over the routes''. He added that a private security system was also ''in place on the ships, in a discrete manner''. (ANSAmed).

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