Italy and Libya have joined forces in an attempt to curb the migrant crisis. Italy has donated five boats to Libya in an attempt to stop the flow of migrants. The boats will be used to patrol the Libyan coast and to rescue migrants who are in danger of drowning.
The migrant crisis has been a major issue in Europe for many years. In 2015, more than one million migrants and refugees entered the continent, many of them fleeing war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa. The number of arrivals has decreased since then, but the issue remains a key concern for European leaders.
The minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the government of national unity, Najla el Mangoush, is in Venice, Italy ahead of the delivery of a newly manufactured class 300 patrol boat scheduled for Monday, Italian New Agency Nova reported.
This new patrol boat is just one example of the various types of equipment that the government of national unity has been working to procure in order to help protect the country’s territorial waters. In addition to this new vessel, the government has also been working to secure new boats, aircraft, and other types of equipment to help bolster the country’s maritime defence capabilities.
The ceremony to mark the completion of the construction of the new fisheries protection vessel for the European Union will be held on 6 February in Adria, in the province of Rovigo, at the Vittoria shipyard. A joint press conference will be held at the end of the ceremony by Italy’s Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Maurizio Martina and the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Oliver Varhelyi.
According to a report by Agenzia Nova, the Libyan Coast Guard is set to receive two additional patrol boats of the Corrubia class, similar to those it already has in its fleet. In addition, three newly manufactured Class 300 patrol boats will also be delivered. These boats are designed for maritime patrol and law enforcement activities, and will bolster the Libyan Coast Guard’s ability to protect the country’s coasts and territorial waters.
The class 300 patrol boats are specially designed for sea rescue activities. Their hulls are made of aluminium alloy, which makes them resistant to the elements and able to navigate in rough conditions. These boats are equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including radar, sonar, and GPS, which allows them to locate and track targets. They also have a range of communication systems onboard, making them ideal for coordinating rescue operations.