Salamis Filoxenia freed by police
BBC reported ending of a stand-ff on Salamis Filoxenia:
Police in Cyprus have persuaded nearly 300 migrants, thought to be Syrian refugees, to disembark from the cruise ship that had rescued them. Police negotiators coaxed the migrants off the ship in the early hours of Friday, an official said, ending a stand-off that began on Thursday.
Obviously, police managed to explain to migrants, that capturing cruise ship is not the best way to migrate to Europe. It’s of course meaningless to ask who’s to cover losses suffered by the shipowner, which is said to be some several hundred thousand euro. One more lesson which won’t get lost on the shipowners, no doubt. Rescuing migrants is a very risky undertaking in all aspects, from risks to vessel, cargo and crew, to risks of the financial losses, which seems to be simply inevitable, it’s a question of how much.