Maltese RCC replies to Aquarius’ email by stating that it is not the appropriate and competent authority to designate or make the necessary arrangements for a place of safety.

Legal references:

According to Chapter 3 of the SAR Convention (click here),

3.1.1 Parties shall co-ordinate their search and rescue organizations and should, whenever necessary, co-ordinate search and rescue operations with those of neighbouring States.

3.1.6. Each party should authorize its RCC: 4. To make the necessary arrangements in cooperation with other RCC to identify the most appropriate place(s) for disembarking persons found in distress.