20-day blockade and sanction on open arms after disembarking 195 rescued people at italian port
In the current maritime environment, regulations seem to have lost their validity.
Over the past month, the Open Arms ship, in response to requests for assistance from the Italian Coast Guard, carried out up to 7 rescue operations under its coordination.
However, on Wednesday, August 23, in an inconsistent manner, the Italian authorities impose a restriction on a single rescue in our last mission, in accordance with the Meloni Decree, a 20-day administrative embargo and a fine of up to 10,000 euros for rescuing 196 people in 3 different operations.
Over the past month, our tugboat has rescued 734 people and provided assistance to another 540, all under the direct coordination of the Italian Coast Guard. In the past Mission 103, our ship found itself in an extremely complex situation: dozens of boats in distress at sea, and the Italian authorities unable to attend to all the calls for help.
Faced with this situation, they asked us to intervene in their rescue. Thus, we carried out 7 rescue operations and 18 more assistance operations in a single day, all meticulously coordinated by the Italian Coast Guard, which at that time had its boats stopped due to lack of fuel.