Si­cil­ian fish­ing ves­sel with sev­en­man crew held in Malta with no ex­pla­na­tion given

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A Si­cil­ian ves­sel that made port in Malta to re­fuel was held here by the au­thor­i­ties with­out an ex­pla­na­tion given, ac­cord­ing to re­ports in the Ital­ian me­dia.

The fish­ing ves­sel ‘Matte Maz­zarino,’ from Mazara del Vallo, en­tered the Grand Har­bour on Sun­day and was held for a num­ber of days. The case was brought to the at­ten­tion of the Ital­ian am­bas­sador to Malta and Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary Rod­er­ick Galdes, it is be­ing claimed.

“The ves­sel had en­tered port for a sim­ple bunker­ing op­er­a­tion but the fish­ing boat and its seven-man crew were de­tained for un­known rea­sons.”

Af­ter two days of wait­ing in vain for word about their de­tain­ment the crew spoke to an Ital­ian fish­eries of­fi­cial, who was in Brus­sels. Even­tu­ally politi­cians be­came in­volved, in­clud­ing Ital­ian Am­bas­sador to Malta Gio­vanni Um­berto De Vito, who con­tacted Rod­er­ick Galdes, the Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary re­spon­si­ble for fish­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­ports this was a com­pli­cated af­fair in­volv­ing peo­ple in Mazara, Malta, Palermo, Rome and Brus­sels but a so­lu­tion was fi­nally found.

The Ital­ian side has strug­gled to un­der­stand why the ves­sel was de­tained, es­pe­cially in the ab­sence of any charges. The in­ci­dent was de­scribed as ‘anoma­lous’ and one that caused un­wanted trou­ble to the Si­cil­ian fish­er­men.

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