Rescue vessels allowed to enter Malta port after Pope’s appeal

The AR vessel Sea Watch 3 (IMO 7302225) and ‘research vessel’ Professor Albrecht Penck (IMO 5285667) were allowed to enter the port of Valletta, Malta, on January 9th after a distribution of the migrants on board and some other rescued migrants to other EU countries was agreed.

Germany will take 60 of the migrants, while France, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Italy will take a total of 72. A further 78 will be allowed to stay in Malta and 44 will be sent back to Bangladesh.

The ships will not be allowed to remain in port, but would be made to leave immediately after dropping off the refugees.

The supplies on board both ships had been running out since the migrants were rescued last month.

1973-built, Netherlands-flagged, 645 gt Sea Watch 3 is owned and managed by Sea-Watch EV of Berlin, Germany.

1951-built, Germany-flagged, 307 gt Professor Albrecht Penck is owned by Dignity UG of Regensburg, Germany, and manager by Robert Krebs GmbH of Hamburg, Germany.