Ocean Viking sends a request for a Place of Safety to ITMRCC, with MTRCC, JRCC Tripoli and the Norwegian Maritime Authority in copy:
“MV Ocean Viking has requested to the competent authorities of the Libyan SRR and Maltese SRR the indication of a Place of Safety (as required by the Annex to the 1979 SAR Convention, paragraph 1.3.2, and by the IMO Resolution MSC.167(78)) which fulfils all requirements under applicable international law, where the survivors can be safely and promptly disembarked.
However, the Libyan RCC and Maltese RCC have been unresponsive to such requests.
Therefore, MV Ocean Viking is now addressing your MRCC to request assistance in identifying a Place of Safety and facilitate a prompt disembarkation of all survivors on board.
While the 234 survivors on board MV Ocean Viking were rescued in a sea area that is outside of the SRR of Italy, please note that MV Ocean Viking has already exhausted the steps in relation to the competent authorities of the Libyan and Maltese SRRs.
MV Ocean Viking is waiting for further instructions.