Cynical towards refugees: Maritime search and rescue-shy attack in fire-letter

"the Common goal is to save lives and protect human rights" - so a message published by three German, non-profit organizations, begins. Mare Liberum, Mission

Cynical towards refugees: Maritime search and rescue-shy attack in fire-letter

"the Common goal is to save lives and protect human rights" - so a message published by three German, non-profit organizations, begins. Mare Liberum, Mission Lifeline, and Resqship in the Letter to the Federal Minister of transport, Andreas Scheuer (CSU). Because of new regulations that were decided on for the ship's journey, will see the organisations working in the rescue at risk.

rescue vessels now in need of "security certificates"

The amendment stipulates that the rescue ships have to deal with so-called "security certificates" to identify, because they are used neither for Sport nor for recreation purposes. In March, the regulation entered into force due to the Corona-crisis played them until recently, but rather a subordinate role. Because due to security concerns, European Partners rescue vessels could not create the company came almost to a Standstill.

Now the rescue could resume travel - Mare Liberum, Mission Lifeline, and Resqship see, however, the new regulation of the Federal Ministry of transport blocks. The organisations complain that the new rules "to meet target humanitarian organizations." The strict safety requirements, which would now be directed to the search and rescue ships, were practically difficult to implement.

On demand of the "mirror" said Mission-Lifeline-Board of management, Axel Steiner, appropriate adjustments to the ship are connected with costs between 50,000 and 100,000 euros. Mare-Liberum-member of the management Board breaking man said the sheet, the conversion of the own boat, of a 100 year old fishing boat, was completely impossible.

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Maritime search and rescue: "Cynical towards refugees"

In its communication, the organizations write: "According to the new law will not be subject to all of the ships used for humanitarian purposes with regard to construction, equipment and manning of ships with safety requirements, which they can Readily comply. The boats can now phased out, there are high fines also."

The law change had taken place without consultation with the concerned NGOs, the fire letter. Mare Liberum, Mission Lifeline, and Resqship also point out that there have been since the beginning of the rescue and observation missions in 2015, not a single case in which a crew member had been injured or even died. to prevent

"ships, The use of Rescue with excessive safety requirements is cynical towards Refugees", in chalks, of the Federal Ministry of transport Andreas Scheuer. The background of the conflict is a legal dispute from the past year: at the Time, the BG traffic, which is in the order of the Ministry had demanded of Mare Liberum, a safety certificate for their boat. The organization was proceeded against legally and had to get in front of the Hamburg administrative court of law. Plasberg is "Tough but fair" up close and reaps harsh criticism, FOCUS Online/Wochit Plasberg's "Tough but fair" up close and reaps harsh criticism

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Updated Date: 09 June 2020, 10:26

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