Italy has granted 176 refugees aboard the rescue vessel "Ocean Viking" permission to go ashore. This was announced by the organization SOS Méditerranée on Twitter. As a port of call was assigned to the ship Taranto in southern Italy. The "Ocean Viking" is already on its way to the destination port. The organization was "relieved that the 176 survivors will be safe without undue delay."
BREAKING: The Italian authorities have assigned #OceanViking the port of Taranto in the south of Italy as a safe place.
We are relieved that the 176 survivors will be safe without undue delay and are heading north now. pic.twitter.com/FSWLhFRQOj
The civilian rescue ship had rescued the migrants on the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya over the weekend and then waited for a chance to land the people of Europe. The "Ocean Viking" is operated in addition to SOS Méditerranée by Doctors Without Borders.
A few weeks ago, Germany, France, Italy and Malta had agreed on a temporary distribution of migrants. But there is still no comprehensive distribution mechanism. Italy and Malta in particular insist that people be distributed to other EU countries. Civilian ships with migrants on board therefore had to stay out longer at sea until they were allowed to call at a port.